Spatial Changes of a danwei‖ Compound in Beijing - A Perspective on Property Rights

Authors: Teng Zhang*, , Zuopeng Xiao, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
Topics: China
Keywords: Danwei
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Since the 1980s, the spatial forms inside danwei compounds in China underwent dramatic changes. We take Hua’gong-Da’yuan in Beijing as an example and find there were three major types of spatial changes. Walls around Hua’gong-Da’yuan gradually disappear, while inside the compound walls and fences are being established. New residents and apartment owners move in, refurbish a lot of buildings and change their uses. In addition, informal constructions become more common in the compound. We consider that the spatial changes reflect the corresponding changes of property rights. The physical boundaries inside the compound indicate the spatial division of properties, and it's the property owner who determines to change the use of the space. At the same time, the lack of regulation on property management encourages informal constructions in the compound. All these changes in property rights are rooted in the background of economic and institutional reforms, including the internal reform about danwei reorganization, and the external reform of real property market.

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