Completion Date: January 2017


Yongqing Fang the Civic Alleyways From Urban Transformation, Guangzhou, China
lab dh urban design & landscape ar

Project Statement

This design for Yongqing Fang is a reaction to modern day rapid urban transformation which pushes out the old residents and replaces them with a new set of inhabitants. In the process, all of the precious heritage, history and charm of that bygone era is lost forever. Instead of that, they redesigned the abandoned alleyways and created a unique space to encourage new and old residents to linger, mingle and interact in a regular thriving community atmosphere with a superior quality of life and somewhere they can be proud of. Features like the inviting and attractive public steps, roof gardens and other open spaces positively encourage the coming together of all age groups and breaks down social barriers in a very natural and easy manner in the once-abandoned neighbourhood. After the build, Yongqing Fang became a cultural landmark again. The entrepreneurs, tourists and existing residents live together in harmony, which is proof of the success of this landscape strategy. Also it provides a totally new example for old city regeneration globally. Landscape doubles as a fusion medium for all levels of society.

Challenges and Objectives

This design for Yongqing Fang is related to one of the most important renovation projects of Guangzhou old alleyways. Yongqing Fang sits in the heart of old town Guangzhou. It used to be the economic center of southern China until the recession of the 1950s. In recent years, Guangzhou has undergone a major boom in urbanisation; many historic sites and the main street have regained a new lease of life through major redevelopment and refurbishment, yet Yongqing Fang was left to decay. In 2014, Vanke Group stepped in and started a transformation process for the old town. Vanke’s strategy is to retain the original residents so that the social ties can be maintained.

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