Resilient Design of Public Space in Older Communities of Shanghai


Sustainable Cities and Communities have been identified as a future international urban development objective by the United Nations Centre for Sustainable Development (UNCSD). And as an integral component of urban development, community resilience is one of the most important indicators of a city's sustainable development level. Shanghai saw an outbreak and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, prompting the government to create a home quarantine regime with grid-based control. The abrupt adoption of the community isolation system revealed challenges with management models, service systems, and environmental maintenance, particularly in older communities. Public space is essential for sustaining the lives of residents, maintaining public health, and fostering social connections. In the face of episodic social events, public places play a crucial role in minimizing shocks, absorbing risks, and aiding restoration. This demonstrates the significance of public space in fostering resilient communities and optimizing community governance. In this paper, we examine the environmental measurements of community pandemic prevention and control, as well as the residents' mental condition, before proposing constructing a "symbiosis station" by integrating the features of resilient communities. Under the concept of government-led and multi-governance, this study seeks to establish functional transitions for different usage scenarios to fulfil the needs of ordinary life improvement and emergency defence, thereby forming a highly self-organized, self-adaptive, and self-developing community. This research chooses Shanghai Hongqiao Airport New Village as an experimental intervention location to demonstrate two survival strategies of the "symbiosis station" to test the design strategy's viability.

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Lili Zheng, Donghua University, China
Tanhao Gao, Tongji University, China
Geng Huang, Donghua University, China

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Conference: BAMC2022
Stream: Aesthetics and Design

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Zheng L., Gao T., & Huang G. (2022) Resilient Design of Public Space in Older Communities of Shanghai ISSN: 2435-9475 – The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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