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    Gangxia village is an urban village situated in the central part of Futian CBD, Shenzhen. The urban village comprises two parts, as shown in Figure 4.2, Heyuan and Louyuan, the case study here only covers Heyuan block, which takes up a population of approximately 68,000 (only 900 are indigenous villagers, the other 67,000 are migrant tenants) and an area of approximately 151,600 m2 (Futian Government Online, 2007). Regarding the large size of redevelopment and the complex interests among various stakeholders, before the planning process, Gangxia village, the last urban village in designated area of Futian CBD, was recognised as the most difficult project to conduct in Shenzhen (Southern Metropolis Daily, 2011). At the very beginning, the proposal…

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    Urban Resilience

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    Urbanism Researches as Urban Resilience Resilience in the city, entitled “urban resilience”, is defined as the capacity of cities to continue their activity under extreme pressure regardless of the type of shock or stress they face, so that the people who live and work within the cities, especially the poor and the vulnerable, can survive and grow steadily (The Rockefeller Foundation, 2014). In recent researches, the latest definition of urban resilience refers to the ability of a city system…

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    bounce back, or the ability to minimize and deal with the negative effects. Beyond these three two other important elements have to be considered the reliability and efficiency of the system along with the adaptability and flexibility of the whole system. From the combination of these various factors the idea of urban resilience sprouts and is the complex management and implementation of these ideas. It is based on this concept of resilience that the author delves into a case study of New York…

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    Jacobs Urban Community

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    During the mid-20th century, many communities in the United States were razed down and built back up by urban planners, who claimed they were transforming the spaces for the better. The planners often neglected to consider the needs and priorities of the people who had and were expected to live in their projects, and thus they ended up destroying rather than improving community life. Activist and urban studies writer Jane Jacobs explored instances of urban renewal in neighborhoods across America…

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    Is gentrification beneficial to regeneration? Gentrification is a controversial topic within regeneration, defined by a variety of urban planners and architects alike. Smith and Williams (1986, p.3) describe the process of gentrification as dynamic, which cannot be constrained to a simple definition. ‘Gentrification of the City’ (Smith and Williams, 1986) explores the idea of gentrification as made up of several layers and developments that can only be understood if the links between one…

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    Garden City Case Study

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    3.1 NEIGHBORHOOD SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS: FROM PLANNING THEORIES Howard’s idea to divide the “Garden city” into wards is considered to be one of the earliest notions of neighborhood in city planning. He visualized self-sustainable, compact neighborhoods with easy access to jobs, parks and shops for daily necessities. Howard clearly emphasized on efficient transportation network, combination of various social groups and integration of human and nature. Inspired by the “garden city”, Perry’s…

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    Urban Planning in America Anderson Drive. Digital Image. DBlayney. DBlayney. Web. 5 Dec 2016. There has been many significant events throughout the history of urban planning, these events have shaped the way that urban planning happens now. Urban planning, also known as city planning, is the process of planning for designs and regulations of land usage, with the focus on physical aspects, economical factors including advantages and potential disadvantages, and the impact on urban…

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    Urban Sprawl Summary

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    Mary DeSena wrote an article on how the design of smart growth can solve the problems related to urban sprawl (DeSena, 1999). The article, “‘Smart Growth’ Designed to Solve Urban Sprawl-related Problems”, discussed what costs are associated with sprawl to cities, policies that contain sprawl, and the success of Portland’s smart growth management policies. Sprawl has caught the attention of charities, grant makers, and even foundations to combat the sprawl problem (DeSena, 1999). They believe…

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    A literature review of GIS and related approaches in green space study Introduction: As an important element of a city, green space are considered to be functional in many aspects of urban society. By improving stress reduction and physical activity, green space have shown its advantages in promoting human’s health both mentally and physically (de Vries et al.,2003; Mitchell and Popham, 2008; Higgs et al., 2012). Specifically, green space could contribute to appropriate air quality, noises…

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    his major work of architectural and urban theory. In the introduction, Rossi points out that the embodiment of artistic intentions and the creation of a better living environment are two eternal features of the building. The building gives the community a particular image and is closely related to society and nature. It is different from arts and sciences. The city evolves from the settlements. It develops over time, and the primary theme is continually modified. Rossi criticises the…

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