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Title: NONGTANG AND ITS INTANGIBLE CULTURE : A STUDY OF CULTURE-LED URBAN REGENERATION OF TIANZI FANG, SHANGHAI
Authors: PWEE THIAM HOCK, EDISON
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Chen Yu
2011/2012 DT
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2012
Citation: PWEE THIAM HOCK, EDISON (2012-01-11). NONGTANG AND ITS INTANGIBLE CULTURE : A STUDY OF CULTURE-LED URBAN REGENERATION OF TIANZI FANG, SHANGHAI. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Ever since China adopted the "Open door‟ policy, the economic environment was improved. With the fast-paced development and economic boost in Shanghai, the historical fabric and cultural values of the city are being threatened. Less emphasis is placed on the urban conservation of nongtang and shikumen as compared to commerialisation. The demolition of the nongtang and shikumen sparked concerns about the loss of the city‟s culture and heritage. With historic preservation in mind, more efforts were made to conserve historic and cultural districts. Tianzi Fang, a traditional neighbourhood containing shikumen and nongtang, was one of the government-preserved urban heritage districts. The conservation of Tianzi Fang occurred in three phases, including a culture-led regeneration. While conservation of Tianzi Fang heritage was the aim, the methods and approaches, only touched on the tangible aspects of the heritage. Research conducted by the author suggests that residents living in the area no longer feel the sense of belonging and community spirit. The nongtang which served as a public space for the residents‟ bonding and communication have been commercialized by the businesses booming in the area. With the alleys being empowered by tourists, most of the public spaces have lost their functions and the residents feel that they are among strangers and that the public spaces that were once a huge part of their community life no longer belong to them. With the loss of this intangible culture in the public spaces, Tianzi Fang no longer holds the same culture as it did before as the residents no longer hold the same perception about their public spaces. This dissertation discusses the problems brought about by and the consequences of the conservation method in Tianzi Fang. At the end of the research, the author questions, “Is the tangible aspect alone enough to bring out the culture of the area?” Based on the researches and interactions with the residents in Tianzi Fang, a stronger emphasis needs to be placed on the intangible conservation of a traditional residential area where the public spaces of residents should be taken into consideration.
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