Property-led redevelopment in contemporary Chinese cities often results in the demolition of many historical buildings and neighbourhoods, invoking criticisms from conservationists.
In the case of Beijing, the municipal government produced a series of documents in the early 2000s to implement detailed plans to conserve 25 designated historic areas in the Old City of Beijing.
By analysing the experience of urban conservation in Nanluoguxiang, one of the 25 designated areas, the project aimed to examine the recent socio-economic and spatial changes that took place within government-designated conservation areas, and scrutinise the role of the local state and real estate capital that brought about these changes.
Staff member: Hyun Bang Shin
Project period: December 2008 - March 2009
Funding: Staff Research Fund, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
Shin, H.B. (2010) Urban conservation and revalorisation of dilapidated historic quarters: the case of Nanluoguxiang in Beijing. Cities, Vol. 27, Supplement 1, pp. S43-S54