Sustainability, Activation and Development of Ancient Urban Villages




On one side of the road is a building forest made of steel and cement, and the other are quaint houses made of bricks and stones. Though styles of the two seem to be contradicting each other, the situation is excatly the case for ancient urban villages. With the gradual advancement of urban renewal, preservation of ancient urban villages becomes harder and harder. For these ancient villages that are precious in both cultural and economic senses, how should urban planners and policy makers inject vitality in them while preserving their history? How to balance the interests of the aborigines and urban developers? And how to protect urban residents' rights of using urban space? For Shenzhen, a first-tier city considered lacking cultural heritage, what kind of renewal strategy can keep these slim number villages from being destroyed amid economic wave? In order to find the best solutions to the above questions, today's Cool Chat invites industry experts who have personally involved in the renewal of ancient villages in Shenzhen to share their experience and thoughts.



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