Use and spatial patterns of newly developed public squares in urban villages in Shenzhen

Nguyen-Ngoc, M, Schnabel, M, Brand, D and Moloney, C 2015, 'Use and spatial patterns of newly developed public squares in urban villages in Shenzhen', in Dr. Beau B. Beza, Dr David Jones (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th International Urban Design Conference (Urban Design 2015), Brisbane, Australia, 16-18 November 2015, pp. 195-218.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Use and spatial patterns of newly developed public squares in urban villages in Shenzhen
Author(s) Nguyen-Ngoc, M
Schnabel, M
Brand, D
Moloney, C
Year 2015
Conference name Urban Design 2015: Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 16-18 November 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 8th International Urban Design Conference (Urban Design 2015)
Editor(s) Dr. Beau B. Beza, Dr David Jones
Publisher Association for Sustainability in Business Inc
Place of publication Nerang, Queensland, Australia
Start page 195
End page 218
Total pages 24
Abstract This paper investigates the use and spatial patterns of newly developed public squares in urban villages in the City of Shenzhen, China. Given the lack of information about how this type of public space has been used by the Chinese, this paper provides insights that enable the development of more user friendly public space in China. The research is based on the fieldwork carried out in 2014 to examine public squares in four urban villages in Shenzhen. Direct observation and activity mapping have been used as major methodology for this research. The focus of this paper will be placed not only the formal aspects such as the design aspiration, scale and provision of public amenity, but also on the usage that includes types of users, there daily activity as well as their location preference. The findings of this research address the failure of current design to meet the needs of the majority of users. Chinese public space users seem to have vastly different behaviour patterns compared with their Western counterparts, therefore many design guidelines emerged in the West can be misleading in China. As important, this paper identifies key issues related the design of public squares in urban villages and provides some hints to mitigate such issues. The paper concludes with design guidelines that reflect not only the cultural complexity of public spaces in China, but also how different scales can be mediated to generate a space that allows for a various activities to occur naturally.
Subjects Architectural Design
Keyword(s) public squares
Shenzhen
Use Patterns
spatial transformation
Chinese cities
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