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Bachelor of architecture thesis: proposed landscape redevelopment for Suzhou Creek Art District at Moganshan Road, Shanghai, China

Chan, Chin Hock and Said, Ismail (2007) Bachelor of architecture thesis: proposed landscape redevelopment for Suzhou Creek Art District at Moganshan Road, Shanghai, China. Other thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.

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Abstract

Conservation and adaptive-reuse of historic industrial heritage is one of the most important issues to be solved in today’s urban design particularly in urban development and construction. Through the years, major cities witnessed a lot of historical buildings transformed into new uses. For example, there are a lot of cases in Shanghai where old buildings which has certain value were restored and converted into new function. This project proposed site was a former cotton mill and has now transformed into an art district. The art district covers around 23.65 hectares and it owns 41,000 sq.m. industrial buildings that were built in different historical stage since 1930s. However, real estate development is threatening the artist's colony that has sprung up along the banks of the Suzhou Creek. As a result, many of the post-industrial buildings and warehouses have been torn down due to lack of awareness to historic preservation among the people. Moreover, there is no public space for peoples or art lovers to gather or held an event. There is also lack of public facilities and amenities such as benches and signage. In fact, the site offer potential cultural industry and tourism is waiting for people to develop it. Therefore, the design considerations for art were applied in post-industrial landscape design. This can be achieved by designing and choosing furnishing for the art district in the context of both the comprehensive urban spaces and the specific location where the furnishing are to be used. The outcome of the design were the centre core of ‘urban oasis’ combine with the five elements as the theme; fire, earth, metal, wood and water. As an urban oasis, it symbolized life just like greenery found in the middle of desert. Life means activity which is important in urban landscape. From that, urban oasis can be extract to create environment, with good environment came identity from identity it will have cultural as well as economic benefit. However, the design approach is based on the Chinese landscape, for example, a crooked waterfront embankment, an undulating hillside, or a meandering footpath lined with ornamental rocks half screened by plants were structured in human scale and others. This study found that art in post-industrial landscape should integrate as part of our daily life and deal with public’s needs. At the same time, it also improves the quality of urban spaces and gives the community an identity that can be representative of the city and its people.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:2659
Deposited By: Azura Baharudin
Deposited On:07 May 2007 03:36
Last Modified:10 Jan 2011 08:55

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