2016 Volume 4 Issue 3 Pages 1-3
Transportation and infrastructure are the most crucial components which affect the development and renewal of cities and regions. The results of infrastructure and transportation planning not only take effect on the accessibility of an urban area, but also, it determines the livability of the whole city (Krizek & Levinson, 2005). Recently, new technologies, concepts and practical means have largely emerged in infrastructure and transportation planning, such as: “Big Data,” “Large scale model” and “old-community planning (Cunliang Guihua in Chinese)”. These concepts and tools almost reversed the traditional knowledge system and operating mode of urban planning, which has prompted us to carry out the necessary research and work to adapt to these changes (Vlahogianni, Park, & van Lint, 2015). On the other hand, we should still attach importance to the traditional knowledge and practical means by applying them to the new problems arising in the urban planning process today. Consequently, in this special issue, we study new concepts such as the “Big data” in the life-circle community determination, policy instruments on the new energy vehicle industry, and others. Moreover, we also pay attention to the change of urban planning law and survey technology on urban transportation hubs.