Between Family and State: Discussion on the Segmentation and Unification of Public Space within Shanghai Historic Lane Neighborhood

Zhou, Xiang and Kubota, Aya (2018) Between Family and State: Discussion on the Segmentation and Unification of Public Space within Shanghai Historic Lane Neighborhood. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Shanghai’s historic lane neighbourhood is a social combination established on residents’ recognition of cultural identity and rights. It has blended into their daily life, shaping their cultural characters, developing the basic tone of Shanghai urban life, and becoming a mainstream living space in Shanghai. Analyzed under the perspective of daily life, Hongkou River area in Shanghai is selected as a case study to identify sustainable means towards equity. Through empirical research, the thesis believes identification of three distinct worlds: Shikumen lane neighbourhood, new-built commodity house district, cultural and creative industrial district, under the collective name of a unified community, apparently exists within the residents’ cognitive map. Accordingly, urban segmentations between the three worlds reflect on the physical differences in entrance guard, architectural type and interactive mode in their daily lives. Through the one-day life investigation within the area, the thesis points out despite their juxtaposition and segmentation in the physical environment, the three worlds separately possess distinct functions in the overall framework of the collective community. Shikumen lane neighbourhood, at the lowest level of the three worlds, acts as the most diversified and dynamic factor, which contributes to a living community with round-the-clock convenience due to its openness and porousness. Instead, new-built commodity house district works as the foundation of social mixing. Furthermore, cultural and creative industrial district serves as the economic motivity for the territorial revitalization. At last, the thesis concludes a tension state of segmentation and unification exists within the neighbourhoods of the three worlds. For the purpose of bridging social segmentation and inducing social mixing, current juxtaposition status of the three worlds needs to be eliminated. Consequently, subordinate residents’ committee, serving as the bridge between family and state, is supposed to undertake the responsibility of cooperating with other autonomous community groups, to create an accessible relation network within the three worlds, and induce people-centric engagement in the neighbourhood between family and state, under the modern context of Chinese urbanization.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Zhou, Xiang
Kubota, Aya
Languages: English
Keywords: Chinese urbanization; Shanghai; community; neighbourhood; territorial revitalisation; public space; urban segmentation
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 15. Human settlements
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 14:06
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