- Issues in the Trends and Methods of Preserving Historic Districts in Today’s China: Case Study of Three Cities    click here to open paper content60 kb
by    Yin, Hsiaoting | shoutingshow@gmail.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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This paper examines three typical cases in China to reveal the trends under a consumer society and the new methods of preserving historic districts.
Historic districts have become one of the most important aspects for protection of China’s cultural heritage since the 1980s. Till this century, although planners have tried to redevelop the historic environment, the trend of consumerism has interfered with their goals. This commercial and tourist-centered trend has resulted in not only a gentrification phenomenon, but also questions of the historical authenticity of existing structures. To discuss this situation and solutions, this article will examine three cases, including San Fang Qi Xiang of Fuzhou city, Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi of Chengdu city, and Tian Zi Fang of Shanghai City, which were redeveloped and protected in different ways, such as with public participation and with the use of new technology. The trends and methods of preserving historic districts will be shown by studying these typical cases; moreover, it will help planners examine their methods more closely.
historic district, consumer society,
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