Development Rights: Regulating Vertical Urbanism in Taiwan

Mi Shih, Hsiu tzu Betty Chang, Frank J. Popper

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This article examines the contested interaction between planning and private property by focusing on development rights: an important, yet under-studied, aspect of private ownership. Three regulatory approaches–a road-based rule, a FAR (floor area ratio)-based rule, and a TDR (transfer of development rights) mechanism–have influenced how planning in Taiwan has governed vertical development since the early twentieth century. We link them to three planning ideologies, the city pathological, the city rational, and the city neoliberal. We argue that regulation-ideology dynamics have led to greater power for the real estate sector in appropriating density rent in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-733
Number of pages17
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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