Collective Form for Post-Developmental Inner-city Regeneration


The strong and rapid urban growth of China in the past decades was largely realised through territorial expansion and essentially building cities from the ground up, a condition known as a ‘developmental city’. Many expanding Chinese cities are developmental in character with imported types in vast quantity that are becoming the new dominant types. As outward expansion began to decline in recent years, the focus of development is returning to the city centre,with the risk of large-scaleerasure of existing urban fabric along with its history and social life. This paper explores the possibilities for inner-city regeneration through evaluation of current architecture types in the urbanised Chinese city centre of Ningbo, and the potential to engage in the developmental future. Typology is utilised as a tool of investigation to reveal the evolution of the idea of the city over time.Theaimistopoint towards an urban vision of the common good with a new collective form, which can then respond to the inevitable developmental forces through a theoretical position for regeneration rooted in urban social life.

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