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Shanghai: City Planning “With a Human Face”

The Case of the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade (GPP): The Pedestrianisation of a Densely Populated Area
Brigitte Bertoncello, Lély Tan and Jian Zhuo
Translated by Peter Brown
p. 87-96

Abstract

Ever since Expo 2010 was held in Shanghai, the city has been trying to present an image of itself as having the capacity to offer amenities that are more environmentally friendly and that contribute to an improved quality of life. This article aims to show that a locally-enacted facility – far from the much-publicised monumental developments – can constitute a high point of urban activity, an example that contributes to cultivating the sought-after identity of a modern city concerned about the sustainability of its actions. Thanks to a singular grouping of actors from the public, semi-public, and private sectors, the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade (GPP) in the western district of Changning laid the principles of a sustainable urban planning programme ten years before the publication of Shanghai’s New City Plan, resetting the ways for building the city. From today’s perspective, this initiative could be seen as a manifestation of this new way of imagining the city.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on March 2018.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Brigitte Bertoncello, Lély Tan and Jian Zhuo, « Shanghai: City Planning “With a Human Face” », China Perspectives, 2017/1 | 2017, 87-96.

Electronic reference

Brigitte Bertoncello, Lély Tan and Jian Zhuo, « Shanghai: City Planning “With a Human Face” », China Perspectives [Online], 2017/1 | 2017, Online since 01 March 2018, connection on 22 September 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/7225

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About the authors

Brigitte Bertoncello

Brigitte Bertoncello is Professor and Director of the IUAR (Institut d’urbanisme et d’aménagement régional)/ Aix-Marseille Université.Laboratoire LIEU EA 889, 3 avenue R. Schuman - 13628 Aix-en- Provence (brigitte.bertoncello@univ-amu.fr)

Lély Tan

Lély Tan is a doctoral research student, IUAR (Institut d’urbanisme et d’aménagement régional)/ Aix-Marseille Université.Laboratoire LIEU EA 889, 3 avenue R. Schuman - 13628 Aix-en- Provence (lelytan@yahoo.com).

Jian Zhuo

Jian Zhuo, Co-author correspondent, is Professor and Deputy- Director, Department of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP).University of Tongji, Shanghai (jian.zhuo@tongji.edu.cn).

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