Historic Chinese Urbanism: Urban governance and public participation, the case study of Nanjing, China

Authors: Liu Cao*, Cardiff University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography, China
Keywords: Urban Renewal, Public participation, Place identity, Urban Cultural Studies, Stakeholders collaboration, Urban China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Astor, 2nd Floor
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The property-led urban renewal of historic urban quarters in China has caused conflicts between different stakeholders. Urban planners, local residents and real estate investors often have different attitudes and purposes towards urban renewal. Indeed, the recent renewal of historic urban quarters in China often shows a lack of understanding and respect of urban history in the formation of the forward strategy. Furthermore, after the urban renewal process, most of the historic urban quarters appear to lose their uniqueness, and thus do not respond to the needs of local residents and maintain or sustain everyday social and cultural practices. This paper argues that urban renewal should not only focus on the redevelopment of physical structure but also consider memory/cultural heritage from generation to generation. I highlight the importance of resident’s local expertise in planning in order to preserve place originality. To that end the paper will focus on the social relations of stakeholder collaboration in the urban renewal of historic urban quarters. This research will be grounded with empirical fieldwork and a detailed review of collaborative planning, participatory planning theory in order to foreground different voices, opinions, concerns and views about the renewal of historic urban quarters and offer new theoretical insights about collaborative planning in historic urban quarters.

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