PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (7): 1312-1324.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2022.07.014

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Territorial space function research in the context of ecological civilization: From the past into the future

ZOU Lilin1,2(), ZHANG Lijun1, LIU Yansui2,*()   

  1. 1. School of Political Science and Public Administration, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, Fujian, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2021-09-17 Revised:2021-12-27 Online:2022-07-28 Published:2022-09-28
  • Contact: LIU Yansui;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41901212);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2019M650826);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2020T130648);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41931293)


Territorial space function is an important theoretical foundation for revealing the coupling relationship between human and the environment and for informing the practical framework of spatial planning. However, trapped in the parallel thinking of land use planning and urban planning for a long time, and the territorial space planning is still in the exploratory stage, the concept of territorial space function was rarely touched upon, let alone a systematic reporting of relevant studies. Based on a review of the literature, this research found that international studies on territorial space function tended to explain complex social problems by constructing theoretical models, while studies in China focused on innovating the existing knowledge framework to guide the phased planning practice. Moreover, a systematic review was conducted on the studies of territorial space function from the aspects of classification and evaluation, spatial-temporal evolution, dynamic trade-offs, and simulation optimization, and the results indicate that although attention has been paid to the topic, there is a general lack of exploration of localization under the current circumstances. It is urgent to carry out research on the theoretical breakthroughs and practical needs of optimizing territorial space development pattern and promoting the construction of ecological civilization. By summarizing the research results in China and abroad, we put forward the future direction of territorial space function research: 1) Theoretical research of territorial space function in the era of comprehensively advancing ecological civilization. 2) Trade-off mechanism of territorial space function research in the process of governance modernization. 3) Content expansion of territorial space function study under the new-type globalization perspective. 4) Technical revolution of territorial space function study supported by advanced artificial intelligence. 5) Transformation of thinking of territorial space function study under the orientation of humanization.

Key words: spatial planning, territorial space function, human-earth relationship, ecological civilization