Gentrification or innovation oriented revitalization: discussion on emerging new urban regeneration models in China

Authors: Dingxi HUANG*, , Ke FAN, Guangdong Urban Rural Planning and Design Institute
Topics: Economic Geography, Asia
Keywords: gentrification, innovation, urban regeneration
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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With the definition expansion towards social upgrading, new built environment and new actors, gentrification becomes one of the key effects in urban regeneration process. Discussion on gentrification phenomena in China usually focuses on the injection of creative or cultural elements, which illustrates the key driving forces such as pro-growth coalition of gentrifiers and effects social-spatial mismatch. In the recent decade, the key theme of macro economic upgrade in China has carved out a new trajectory of innovation, replacing the former advance manufacturing and high end services. The roles of revitalized old urban areas and former industrial sites are also shifting from facilitating elements such us arts, entertainment and dinning towards more core economic engines in form of various types of innovative spaces. This paper examines several typical cases of recent urban regeneration projects in the Pearl River Delta in southern China, and tries to identify whether the current trend could be fit into a broadened context of gentrification or defined as a new type of urban regeneration model so called innovitization.

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