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A Chinese Approach to Urban Heritage Conservation and Inheritance: Focus on the Contemporary Changes of Shanghai’s Historic Spaces

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By taking the Laochengxiang area, the lilong houses, the Bund and the industrial heritage as typical examples, this paper discusses the problems related to the conservation and regeneration of built heritage in Shanghai against the backdrop of large-scale urban development and the transformation of historic spaces in the city since the 1990s. It analyses the contradiction between development and heritage conservation in the process of urban redevelopment, and proposes a resolution to such problems. Furthermore, the paper has a reflection and analysis on the specific historical context of Shanghai as a metropolis and its changes from the past to the present.

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Correspondence to Qing Chang.

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This paper is a substantial rewrite of ‘Shanghai Buildings Re-modeled in Old District and the Metropolitan Historical Discourse Context’, (Chang 2009a) with new sections added and major updates in texts and figures.

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Chang, Q. A Chinese Approach to Urban Heritage Conservation and Inheritance: Focus on the Contemporary Changes of Shanghai’s Historic Spaces. Built Heritage 1, 13–33 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/BF03545672

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Keywords

  • historic space
  • historical urban context
  • changes
  • conservation
  • inheritance