Strategies and evaluation of urban regeneration of historic industrial districts from a life cycle management (lcm) perspective: a case study of Yangpu riverfront in Shanghai

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As developing countries have embraced rapid urbanisation and deindustrialisation since the end of last century, massive historic industrial districts sitting idle, due to industrial restructuring and land resource scarcity, have undergone spatial regeneration and industrial upgrading in large scale, as part of important efforts to improve urban spatial quality and functional capacity. However, regeneration of historic industrial districts is often impacted by the complicated relationship among stakeholders, burdensome red tape, and high requirements for historical preservation. Therefore, it will inevitably lead to a raft of consequences, such as dissension among different parties, divided planning, construction, and management, and mismatch between inputs and earnings. In this context, a regeneration management system featuring multiple parties, whole process, and whole elements underpins the sustainable regeneration of urban historic industrial districts. This coincides with the idea and content of LCM, which provides a possible solution to the sustainable regeneration of urban historic industrial districts. By drawing on the theory and methods of LCM and corresponding to its ‘Plan Do Check Adjust’ theoretical approach, this study an LCM framework for the regeneration of historic industrial districts. The framework includes ‘institution formulation, stake holder organisation, resource introduction, right transfer, planning and construction, operation and management, supervision and evaluation, feedback and adjustment’. This study also systematically reviews the strategies, experiences, and challenges of each stage in the regeneration of the Yangpu Riverfront Historic Industrial District in Shanghai, which is a key area for upgrading the city’s overall strength. The effectiveness of the LCM system is also evaluated, with a view to contributing to the theoretical and practical aspects of urban regeneration planning and management, and beefing up the city's ability to respond to challenges and uncertainties. Keywords: Life Cycle Management (LCM); Urban Regeneration; Historic Industrial Districts; Yangpu Riverfront in Shanghai
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