Upgrading Marginal Settlements: Studies on Li-nong Settlements in Shanghai Old Railway Station Area


Has been the most important transportation hub of Shanghai for hundreds of years, Shanghai railway station and its surrounding district generates both driving effect at regional scale and barrier effect at district_øΩ's scale, leading to characteristics of marginality which could be defined as disorder, isolation and etc.. Renaissance of the site starts with questioning what the key problem to be solved is in the old urban hinterland of high density and how to balance the development between districts and the larger urban contexts as a whole system. Opposing to traditional way of urban renewal as total dismantlement and high strength construction, by vertical utilization of railroad parking lot, the elevated park serves as a void urban core, connecting to existing fragmented green space. They together create a continuous system of green infrastructure in the inner ring of Shanghai which could grow and spread spontaneously and form the framework of sustainable environment for human settlements. According to the concept of _øΩ'sustainable Community_øΩ_øΩ and _øΩ_øΩPlace Shaping_øΩ_øΩ, social sustainability of renaissance attaches great importance to diversity, vitality and characteristics of local neighborhoods. Cultural-oriented strategies for urban renaissance for the site are generated on the basis of local resources and features, aiming at integrating residents and newcomers of different backgrounds into the new industry system, creating job opportunities and breaking up social isolation.

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Xin Ge, Southeast University, China
Xinzi Chen, Southeast University, China

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Conference: ACSEE2016
Stream: Social Sustainability & Sustainable Living

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