The urban design review in the process of urban renewal: a case study of Zhongshan road historic block

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Historical districts are important components of urban image and urban quality carrying the core content and significant material of urban history and culture. As the policy Chinese Economic Reform: Reform and Opening-up is implemented for more than 30 years, accompanying with the blossom of national economy, the national government are attaching more attention to revitalising the urban cultural heritage, as evidenced by the continuous policy and fund support devoted to the protection and regeneration of historic blocks. However, in the process of concrete implementation, there are emerging some negative phenomena damaging urban image and cultural heritage such as excessive similarity in urban form and construction of fake relics, due to the deviations in the understanding of historical and cultural heritage protection, extreme market-oriented thinking and mechanised mode of operation and many other factors, resulting in the frustrating reconstruction of the historic railway stations in Qingdao and Jinan, which rebuilt the sites imitating the original architecture after the reasonless demolition. As a consequence, during the period of urban renewal, the historical characteristics of the neighbourhood should be taken into consideration, the precise analysis on the historical background and development pattern of the blocks is worth deliberating, and accurate orientation of historic districts are of vital importance as well, so that the development of the traditional historic districts will be in better integration with the development path of modern city, for the sake of promoting the sustainable development of the city.
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