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Heritage and Neighborhood Communities in the Context of Urban Renewal

Wu, W. (2012) Heritage and Neighborhood Communities in the Context of Urban Renewal. Master thesis.


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This thesis attempts to explore the heritage issues on the neighborhood level in the context of rapid urban renewal through the field study of a Beijing hutong neighborhood. A discursive heritage method is used to analyze the conflicts and power relations underlying the selection, management and communication of the neighborhood cultural landscape. It ranges from the Beijing municipal level “conflicted heritage preservation and urban redevelopment” discourse to the local neighborhood level seemingly “well-preserved” discourse. Further on, two broad genres of storylines are generalized—separately the conflicting preservation and redevelopment and the other social exclusion. The thesis concludes that the preservation policy coupled with urban renewal results in large-scale redevelopment instead of careful preservation. This opportunistic use of heritage is aggravated by the unregulated, disengaged and fragmented heritage governance. All these have consequences on the neighborhood communities, with their decreasing livability and sense of community.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Degree programme: Spatial Sciences (Research)
Supervisor: Roo, G. de
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 05:23
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 05:23

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