China National Planning Conference 2016 closed on 26 September with consensus reached on the leading role of urban planning in upgrading city quality and protecting city history and culture. This year’s conference focuses on three hot topics: urban regeneration/retrofit and eco-restoration; opening up closed roads and industrial heritage protection.
What is “urban revitalization”?
“Urban revitalization means urban renovation and ecological restoration, achieving transformation of city development mode and governance method”, said Mr. Shi Nan, the Vice President and Secretary General of Urban Planning Society of China.
Many cities are congested both in rush and off hours. It is a result of blind orderless expansion before road construction. There are two huge potholes left over by coal mining with the size of over 18 square kilometers. All these unscientific flaws must be corrected in follow-up renovation, calling for the change towards a quality-targeted planning for better livelihood.
Opening blocks is not simple dismantling of fencing walls.
“City planning should turn to the development of small neighborhood, dense road networks and narrow streets, thus improving public room and service”, Yang Baojun, President of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design said.
The public concern over this policy is mainly in community security and environmental quality. According to Jiang Yang, professor of architecture at Tsinghua University, “More integration of space and less land occupation can make urban development harmonious and scientific.”
How to protect “industrial heritage”?
Industrial heritage is a part of city cultural heritage. It is shortsighted to regard the seemingly run-down factories and blocks as negative assets. Only through proper utilization can we preserve this heritage well.