Urban renewal is an age-old topic. Cities, like living organism, have been experiencing
metamorphosis all the time, and from very beginning are accompanied with urban renewal all
Four decades of high speed economic development in China have greatly promoted its city’s growth, providing much better transportation, living and business environment. Meanwhile it also brings problems like increasing shortage in land resources, breakage of city’s historical context, and loss of features in regional culture. People begin to rethink the pattern of leapfrog development, and pay more attention to renew the stock instead of constructing new ones. Renovating the existing building stock, intensively utilizing land resources, and uplifting environment are the key aspects of the city’s future development. The extensive growth mode of large-scaled demolishing old buildings and constructing new ones will gradually being replaced by the new trend that highlights heritage protection, cultural inheritance and sustainable growth.
With this background, Chinese architects attach great importance to the integration of comprehensive development through urban redevelopment, rehabilitation and conservation. They are dedicated to inaugurate ways to renew the city and contribute to a harmonious society.
Redevelopment plays an important role in urban renewal in China. Due to structural
and industrial upgrading, many built-up areas including old industrial fields, docklands,
warehouses and residences nowadays can no longer keep up the pace with social economic
development. In process of urban renewal, these areas can be redeveloped so that they can
to the requirements of the new situation through changing either their land properties or
functional programs. The goal is to optimize urban functions, industrial structure and
In process of urban development and construction, it is important to upgrade aging
improve battered buildings and restore deteriorated land. The old downtown areas and old
buildings can be revived and the overall environment in old areas can be uplifted if we make
adaptive reuse, strengthen structures to extend their service lives, and update their
We are encouraged to protect the buildings and city blocks that bear memories, have values and worthy of being reused. The goal is to restore and promote cultural inheritance, keep the city’s memories and seek intensive development through comprehensive renovation, functional conversion and environment uplifting.
Historical context bears city spirit and cultural accumulation. It is the soul and the root
the city, and Chinese architects have widely recognized principle of conservation. They
historical buildings through repair, reusing and through their own practices. They are
knit up the fragments of history context, and extend the city’s history far and wide.