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Title: Urban waterfront redevelopment - Urban redevelopment and urban politics, a comparision study of Singapore and Shanghai
Keywords: waterfront, urban redevelopment, Urban Politics, Shanghai, Singapore
Issue Date: 10-Aug-2010
Source: WANG JINGYAO (2010-08-10). Urban waterfront redevelopment - Urban redevelopment and urban politics, a comparision study of Singapore and Shanghai. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The objective of the study is to elaborate the differences in urban politics of Singapore and Shanghai with case studies. Five derelict waterfront areas at prime location went through urban redevelopment in different manners. The underlying political rationales, the way agencies interact varies under different societal context. Research subjects are five waterfront redevelopment projects: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay in Singapore; Moganshan District and Brilliant City in Shanghai. Urban development processes are divided into three phases (1) preparations for redevelopment ¿ demolition and population relocation; (2) reconstructions of public waterfront; and (3) redevelopment of built environment, (including building restoration, construction and its surroundings). Analyze how the agencies: (1) the government; (2) developers; (3) tenants; and (4) planner and architects, accomplish waterfront redevelopment, their relationship and the differences of roles played by each stakeholder. Through the study on the developmental process of the five waterfront redevelopment, the differences between Singapore and Shanghai lie in: (1) stakeholders in Singapore accomplished waterfront regeneration in a cooperative and supporting way, while in Shanghai stakeholders worked in a relatively conflicting process with less effective communication; (2) in Singapore, the cooperation is achieved through a combination of legal policies, the government incentives, urban design guidelines and infrastructure constructions while in Shanghai less the governmental intervention were employed to encourage communication and discussion among stakeholders; (3) in Singapore, the government directed and undertook more efforts in accomplishing (commanding) overall waterfront redevelopments, while in Shanghai, the government took a directional role and used policies to enforce developments; (4) Urban design guidelines released by the government in Shanghai is far less detailed than the ones in Singapore, as a result, planners and architects have more control on physical layout, shape and appearances of built environment than their Singapore counterparts.
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