GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (2): 431-445.doi: 10.11821/dlyj020200139

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The influence of spatial growth of cultural industry on the evolution of urban spatial morphology: Taking the core region of Xi'an as a case study

LI Liutong1(), ZHANG Sensen1, ZHAO Xinzheng1,2, QUAN Dongji1(), LUO Yi1   

  1. 1. College of Urban and Environmental Science, Northwest University, Xi'an 710127, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Earth Surface System and Environmental Carrying Capacity of Shaanxi Province. Northwest University, Xi'an 710127, China
  • Received:2020-02-24 Accepted:2020-07-16 Online:2021-02-10 Published:2021-04-10
  • Contact: QUAN Dongji E-mail:lilt20860@163.com;348601411@qq.com

Abstract:

Based on methods of extended intensity index, equal sector analysis method, kernel density analysis and spatial syntax, with the assistance of enterprise geographic data of the cultural industries, as well as the nighttime light data and the axis model of the urban road network in the years of 1998, 2008 and 2018, we analyzed the characteristics of spatial growth of cultural industries in Xi'an's core districts and the evolution of urban spatial morphology, and explored their spatial relationship and the corresponding mechanism. The results show that: (1) The cultural industries in Xi'an's core districts expanded along northeast to southwest, gradually evolving from single core or one belt and two cores into one axis, one belt and two cores in terms of spatial agglomeration pattern. (2) The urban external spatial morphology of the core districts expanded along northeast to southwest, and the internal spatial morphology evolves from lump-shaped single core or strip-shaped primary-secondary cores to lump and strip shaped double cores. (3) There is a significant correlation between the growth of the cultural industries in the core districts and the evolution of urban spatial morphology in different periods. That is to say, and the evolution of their spatial form patterns is highly coupled. (4) The pioneering development mode of the cultural industries in the core districts promotes the expansion of the urban external spatial form. The complementary development mode, including the spatial expansion in urban built-up area and continuously closing-up to the existing industrial agglomeration, facilitates the optimization of the urban internal spatial morphology. The study is of great significance for perfecting the spatial research system of cultural industry and promoting the coordination in which industrial space supports urban spatial transformation.

Key words: cultural industry, spatial growth, urban spatial form, evolution characteristics, drive mechanism, Xi'an