Urban Planning in China Shanghai: City Planning "With a Human Face" The Case of the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade (GPP): The Pedestrianisation of a Densely Populated Area

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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Brigitte Bertoncello, Lély Tan, Jian Zhuo. Urban Planning in China Shanghai: City Planning "With a Human Face" The Case of the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade (GPP): The Pedestrianisation of a Densely Populated Area. China perspectives, Hong Kong : French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, 2017. ⟨hal-02088276⟩

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