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Challenges to Urbanism in the Mobile Internet Era

From the early computer on the table to the contemporary intelligent mobile devices on hand, it has been anticipated the significant change of the internet would be driven by the remarkable proliferation of the mobile internet over the next ten-to-twenty years. The mobile internet users account for 67% mobile internet users of global population in 2018. It will increasingly serve as the interface between people moving around on the virtual space and the physical world surrounding them. The peculiarity of it including timeless time and death of distance has led to a larger number of flows translated on the virtual space rapidly, such as flows of capital, flows of information and flows of organisational interaction, which spawning the new commercial models and economic paradigms. It is not only for the integration and complementation of previous economic systems, but also for the revolution to the grass-rooting deeply to reshape the global economy. The effect on economy and society in the mobile internet era will change the spatial form of urbanisation, reduce the dualistic structure system of urban and rural, reinforce temporal and spatial considerations, but also be inevitable to face emerging challenges. Therefore, The International Forum of Urbanism (IFoU), in partnership with the University Nanjing, China, dedicates its 13th annual conference to analyse the challenges to the urbanisation, urban forms, urban-rural relations and urbanism under the mobile internet era. The conference aims to explore the development paradigm in city and countryside, and find a sustainable solution of urbanisation in the rapid development in the mobile internet era.

We are pleased to welcome you on this website of the International Forum of Urbanism congress 2020, Nanjing University, China, titled "Urbanism in the Mobile Internet Era" and through it, analyse the challenge, conference topics and guidelines for authors in the following sections.