Three Major Trends for Urban Renewal in Shanghai; Suburbanization, Integrated Reconstruction and Long-term Strategy

28th, Jun / By Logon


With a wide range of high quality city renewal projects in Shanghai. This urban phenomenon has boomed in recent years developing a unique industrial history in the city and undoubtedly becoming the benchmark for urban regeneration project development in China.

Since the founding of the PRC, Shanghai has made great achievements in industry field. According to statistics in 1949, Shanghai contributed 25% gross value of industrial output to the whole country; and the proportion of its secondary industry was up to 50% or more. The best Chinese factories were located here like, steel industry, light industry, automobile industry and chemical industry. For this reason “Made In Shanghai” was and is considered a sign of high-quality in previous generation’s  memory.

Over the past 60 years, during the governing of Zhu Rongji, the economic structure of Shanghai has undergone several changes. Today, proportion of tertiary industry in this city has jumped sharply from 51.9% in 2007 to 70.5% in 2016. This is proof that Shanghai is not only rejuvenating but also becoming a financial, creative, technological and informational center in China.

As the economic situation in Shanghai has changed and evolved, so have abandoned factories have turned in to creative bases. Ports in the old days have become public parks; warehouses to city art centers and so on. All of these changes indicate the success of urban renewal in the city of Shanghai.

Well-known urban design company, logon urban architecture design, has recently shown on a research that urban regeneration projects in Shanghai had surpassed a shocking number of 300 on the year 2016. To this day, this number has grown between 400 to 500 projects, which are focused on the adaptive reuse of the city. With this big number Shanghai leads with the largest scale urban renewal projects in China.

Taking in to account redevelopment methods and commercial innovations that have been implemented in the projects are now key elements to the latest regeneration in the last 2 years. This current transformation in Shanghai set major trends and methods for other Chinese cities looking to renew urban landscapes. The city continues to change, presenting urban renewal in a different ways every day and this is our integral input about the extensive and interesting topic of what URBAN REGENERATION means today in Shanghai and all China.

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