Reformating the Agglomeration’s Edge: Elements of Urban Design in Dagu Revitalization

Wang, Yifan and Xing, Teng (2015) Reformating the Agglomeration’s Edge: Elements of Urban Design in Dagu Revitalization. REAL CORP 2015. PLAN TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW – OVERALL. From Vision to Reality for Vibrant Cities and Regions. Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 505-514.

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This paper discusses an urban design case in which the elements of urban fabric and their relationship are repaired in order for regeneration of brown field in Dagu, Tianjin, China. It starts with the typological study on the elements including ecological system, architectural context and existing neighbourhoods, which often are merely the discard of rapid urban renewal. In order to preserve the existing communities and reuse the brown field, the design work is to provide: 1) healthy relationship between original and new communities; 2) good public space; 3)vibrant urban life in existing places; 4) connection with Old Town and CBD; 5) environment free from chemical pollution. The idea is to reformat the old and new agglomeration’s edge based on a circular public space which is organized by the existing elements. The design strategy follows the issues on ecology, community and factory. Firstly, industrial reservoirs and canals are preserved to provide open space in the neighbourhoods. The reservoirs are made use of to develop lakeside public space and the canals as ecological corridors define several clusters. Secondly, to ensure the continuity of the memory of the locals, the original communities and villages are encouraged to grow spontaneously, but not sprawling. This falls into two strategies, with green belts define the limit for the village development, and new communities merged with the old ones to help compensate for public facilities and open spaces. Thirdly, industrial heritage is preserved as a park for later development. It creates pedestrian links between the city and nature and helps cleaning the polluted land as well, bringing citizens and tourists together while keeping resilience for future commercial renovation. Green and public space acts as a buffer zone between different urban fabrics so that all the identical agglomerations can be merged and can share a structural view corridor. Also, various types of the interaction between people and the nature around the green belt are comparatively studied and applied to detailed design, including waterfront cultural center, riverside parks, and the public spaces around the northern living communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban structure, vibrancy, elements, urban design, revitalization, Dagu
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 12:20
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 12:20

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