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As industries in some developed countries move abroad, the unemployment rate increases. The state shall carry out a certain proportion of industrial and economic restructuring.


Newcastle upon Tyne, an oldindustrial city in Britain, seeking to erase its fading image with a new urbanscape with office, residential, tourism, leisure and cultural complexes building in the Quayside



First of all, we should attach importance to the cultural orientation of post-industrial areas.This is because industrial heritage has many distinctive features and cultural values that shape and influence people’s identity. And its unique location (Nohra and Barbero, 2019).


However, when we repair and  improve the industrial legacy, we should consider how much influence it has, instead of blindly renewing and reserving, which leads to the waste of resources.In the process of urban renewal, the gap between rich and poor will also be widened.Many Renaissance projects can be found with functional duplication(Pratt,2009).

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The development of cultural industry

Cultural industry plays an important role in the GDP of urban economy.Secondly, the cultivation of creative talent capital, an educated group of mobile professionals, who bring new vitality and entrepreneurship to the city.For example, one can diversify the economy by increasing the number of people, goods and services metabolized in cities and regions.So as to promote the transformation of cultural industry and provide a strong guarantee for the rapid economic development (Cao and Lin, 2014).

The public areas

High-quality public areas can regulate physical health and relieve the pressure of work and life.Providing political action and a forum for citizens to effectively resolve differences and conflicts, in other words, also contributes to the promotion of civil and public resolve in free societies.Moreover, the design of high-quality and beautiful urban space plays an important role in the economy, attracting developers, investors and employers, tourists and affluent groups in the first place.This will make the city more livable, as the design of public Spaces will be the living energy and stronger economic driver of the city (2020).

Sustainable development

Using local materials as much as possible for later recycling, and free from pollution, energy saving and easy access. Promoting biodiversity (Beriatos, Brebbia and Kungolos, 2007).


Post-industrial renewal requires critical consideration from multiple perspectives to better integrate with the surrounding environment.With the rapid and stable economic development of the whole city, people’s happy life is the basic principle.

Marcado Mall in Dubai, a fine example representing the features of the postindustrial shopping malls with a replica of a Venetian streetscape 



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Beriatos, E., Brebbia, C. and Kungolos, A., 2007. Sustainable Development And Planning IIl. Southampton: WIT, pp.791-800.

Cao,J. and Lin, Y., 2014. Sustainable City Growth New Models…the Post-Industrial City. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 513-517, pp.2778-2781.

Nohra, C. and Barbero, S., 2019. Systemic Design for territorial thinking. Circular urban transitions for post-industrial cities. The Design Journal,22(sup1), pp.915-929.

Pratt, A., 2009. Urban Regeneration: From the Arts Feel Good’ Factor to the Cultural Economy: A Case Study of Hoxton, London. Urban Studies,46(5-6), pp.1041-1061.

One response to “Culture-led regeneration projects in post-industrial areas”

  1. Hi, Shuai

    It is an interesting topic to be discussed. Here I want to add some perspective and opinion.
    The topic is related to what we do a simulation in semester 1 MAUD studio about regeneration. It is that country which has long history-culture life, and one day will need to be revitalized. It is because, in every period, there was a dynamic of the political and must be impacted by the economy (Musterd and Kovács, 2013). Furthermore, it takes the transformation into the social-culture and space. Today, our social-culture space is created from the adjustment from the historical life past and now. The shifting is a natural process that regarding the social life is finding to the equal and fit, and it is how placemaking comes and will be needed (Awotona and Teymur,1997). More precisely, the old society needs to be re-place making with any strategy such as urban acupuncture (Casanova and Hernández, 2014). Thus, re-place making is also part of the fundamental in urban regeneration and makes the city sustain. In conclusion, I agree with your topic that the next generation has to take the led by understanding their social and cultural as an identity even though the space form will change toward the global demand.


    Awotona, A.A. & Teymur, N. (1997) Tradition, location and community : place-making and development. Aldershot, Hants, England: Avebury.

    Casanova, H., Hernández, J. & Casanova+Hernandez Architects, architect (2014) Public space acupuncture : strategies and interventions for activating city life.

    Musterd, S. & Kovács, Z. (2013) Place-making and policies for competitive cities. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.

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