Dilemma Between Density and Quality: The demographic history of Sinan Road area

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Abstract

This paper investigates the unique urban planning history and demographic changes in Sinan Road (also named as Rue Massenet) Area of Shanghai and the socioeconomic impacts on local inhabitants’ living quality led by formal and informal planning dynamics. Examining both tangible and intangible characteristics of this area under five different historical phases, this paper indicates that population density and urban quality cannot always be positively or negatively related. Urban quality can reach the maximum value when area population of concentrated density stays in an ideal state, although, as a result of the qualitative variates, such state (peak value) is in suspense. Through analysing the overarching strategic plan of different periods, it also argues that urban quality is not merely dominated by or directly related to density but more by the population’s social demands and their initial interaction with a specific area, active or passive involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Planning History Society Conference
Subtitle of host publicationYokohama 2018: Looking at the World History of Planning
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Pages202-208
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIPHS 2018: 18th International Planning History Society Conference - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 15 Jul 201819 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings International Planning History Society
Number1
Volume18
ISSN (Electronic)2468-6956

Conference

ConferenceIPHS 2018: 18th International Planning History Society Conference
CountryJapan
CityYokohama
Period15/07/1819/07/18

Keywords

  • population density
  • Sinan Road area
  • historic district
  • social demands
  • urban transformation
  • living quality

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