Resilient Design of Public Space in Older Communities of Shanghai

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2022)
Title: Resilient Design of Public Space in Older Communities of Shanghai
Stream: Aesthetics and Design
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Lili Zheng, Donghua University, China
Tanhao Gao, Tongji University, China
Geng Huang, Donghua University, China


Sustainable Cities and Communities has been identified as a future international urban development objective by the United Nations Centre for Sustainable Development (UNCSD). And as an integral component of urban development, community resilience is one of the most important indicators of a city's sustainable development level. Shanghai saw an outbreak and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, prompting the government to create a home quarantine regime with grid-based control. The abrupt adoption of the community isolation system revealed challenges with management models, service systems, and environmental maintenance, particularly in older communities. Public space is essential for sustaining the lives of residents, maintaining public health, and fostering social connections. In the face of episodic social events, public places play a crucial role in minimizing shocks, absorbing risks, and aiding restoration. This demonstrates the significance of public space in fostering resilient communities and optimizing community governance. In this paper, we examine the environmental measurements of community pandemic prevention and control, as well as the mental condition of residents, before proposing the method of constructing "symbiotic stations" by integrating the features of resilient communities. Under the concept of government-led and multi-governance, this study seeks to establish functional transitions for different usage scenarios to fulfill the needs of ordinary life improvement and emergency defense, thereby forming a highly self-organized, self-adaptive, and self-developing community. This paper chooses Shanghai Hongqiao Airport New Village as an experimental intervention location to demonstrate two survival strategies of the "symbiotic station" to test the design strategy's viability.

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