Research on Urban Community Micro-regeneration from Perspective of Multi-actor Participation: the Case of Yangpu District in Shanghai

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In today’s megacity community, changes of family composition and content of life, as well as the aging of the built environment urgently require urban managers to respond timely. Community micro-regeneration is one of innovative implementation paths to stimulate community vitality through spatial intervention based on multi-actor participation with limited time and resources. Since 2018, Shanghai Yangpu District has hired a ‘community planner’ to provide professional consultation about community micro-regeneration for each grassroots administrative unit. A multi-participated, low-cost and easy-to-promote micro-regeneration model has been explored to find space issues and solve problems. Based on multi-actor theory and collaborative planning theory, this paper discusses the composition of multiple actors and their impact on the planning process and results. Through methods of participatory observation and semi-structured interview, whole process of one pilot project was tracked. The study pointed out that government departments, community planners, community residents, community organizations and professional organizations work together to formulate plans through institutionalized channels, adopting open working methods and continuous interaction should contribute to the participatory, fairness and controllability of community planning. In the process participation awareness and execution capacity of all players need to be improved to avoid increasing negotiation costs and restricting micro-regeneration effect.
community micro-regeneration, multi-actor, collaborative plan, Shanghai