Residential aspirations in renovated historical blocks of two selected cities

Authors: Wen Jiang*, Chongqing University, Tao Feng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Harry J. P Timmermans, Eindhoven University of Technology
Topics: Behavioral Geography, Quantitative Methods, China
Keywords: residential aspirations, cluster analysis, renovated historical block, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Aspiration studies in the residential and urban planning fields are still limited, especially in the developing countries. This study uses data from a survey conducted in eight renovated historical blocks of two selected cities in China to classify residents based on their housing and environmental aspirations. The results of a two-step cluster analysis indicate that different groups of the population have different residential aspirations. Different from what was assumed by the Chinese urban planners that residents enjoy the historical atmosphere and would like to stay in those historical blocks, a large percentage of residents aspire to live in modern houses and environments rather than historical ones. Relatively young residents with more children aspire owning a bigger house in terms of size and number of bedrooms.

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