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Title: REVITALIZING HISTORIC QUARTER IN CHINA: A CASE STUDY OF SANFANG QIXIANG PROJECT IN FUZHOU
Authors: QI SHI ZHI ALBERT
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Chen Yu
2013/2014 Aki DT
Community spirit
Conservation
Fuzhou
Government oriented
Historic quarter
Tourism-led
Urban regeneration
Issue Date: 12-Nov-2013
Citation: QI SHI ZHI ALBERT (2013-11-12). REVITALIZING HISTORIC QUARTER IN CHINA: A CASE STUDY OF SANFANG QIXIANG PROJECT IN FUZHOU. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Ever since the start of urbanization in China, traditional cities such as Fuzhou were facing the difficult choices between conservation and development. In order to fulfill the economic goal of the government, historic quarters located in the modern city center were often treated as obstacles in the process of urban development. After a series of examples such as Xin TianDi (新天地) in Shanghai in terms of profit making were successfully made, similar tourism-led conservation approach was quickly adapted in many other developing cities. This approach has great attraction to the government while it generates revenue and at the same time establishes reputation. Government often believes that the revenue can also be a steady fund for sustaining long term conservation work. Therefore, many historic quarters have been turned into tourist attraction. In response to this phenomenon, this dissertation intends to reveal the reality beyond the prosperity of tourism-led conservation achievements that was propagandized in many Chinese cities. A case study of SanFang QiXiang 2 historic quarter in Fuzhou will be analyzed and evaluated to show the impact of tourism-led conservation strategy. Through the investigation of change of government’s role in different stages, this dissertation proposed that tourism-led conservation approach which reflecting the government’s attitude will inevitably lead to huge damage to both the physical appearance of historic quarter, and original community spirit. By examining the entire process of conservation project in SanFang QiXiang from urban scale to architecture scale, together with the government’s role in every aspect, the paper then further demonstrate the profound impact of having tourism in historic quarter. At the end of this dissertation, it will be concluded that government’s attitude is a significantly factor that lead to the unsustainable tourism-led strategy. Huge loss of tangible heritages and traditional community hides behind the glory facade. Sustainable revitalization of the historic quarter in the context of developing China lays on a more comprehensive understanding of the historic quarter. Deeper communication between decision maker and grass root will be helpful as well.
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