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Research on the Innovative Regeneration of Post-industrial Space in China

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DOI: 10.25236/ecemis.2021.007


Jihui Qu, Xiuli Ge, Yanchen Liu

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Xiuli Ge


In the past few decades, with the industrial transformation and upgrading of many Chinese cities, a large number of obsolete industrial buildings have appeared in the central areas of the cities. Although these former industrial buildings have lost their original functions in manufacturing industry, they have great spatial structure and geographic locations. Some post-industrial areas also bear the expectations of the older generation since they have witnessed the historical changes, cultural transmission and development of the cities. Many western countries have experienced the transformation of post-industrial buildings earlier than China and some successful regeneration projects incorporated the transformation of post-industrial buildings with their national development plans and conducted in-depth theoretical studies and practical case demonstrations. Similarly, China has been actively conducting the research and practice for the transformation of post-industrial buildings in the past few decades. These former industrial buildings are effectively employed to maximize the economic benefits and enhance the historical values and cultural connotations of these old industrial buildings. This paper analyzes the purpose of innovative transformation of post-industrial building space and the significance of the transformation from the perspective of national economy, ecological environment, and national policy. It also explores the issues concerning the innovation of micro spatial change and cultural transformation.


Post-industrial space, Innovative regeneration, Spatial application