New system for her­itage pro­tec­tion to be set up

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHANG KUN in Shang­hai


Shang­hai will seek to reg­u­larly ex­pand its list of his­tor­i­cal build­ings in a bid to ef­fec­tively pro­tect its cul­tural her­itage, said a lo­cal con­ser­va­tion ex­pert.

Dur­ing his speech at the Shang­hai 2040 Lec­ture Series hosted and or­ga­nized by the mu­nic­i­pal ur­ban plan­ning ad­min­is­tra­tion, Zheng Shiling, a pro­fes­sor at Tongji Univer­sity, said that the city had up­dated its list of out­stand­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ings just once in the past 10 years.

“To im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, Shang­hai will es­tab­lish a system where a cat­a­logue of an­tique ar­chi­tec­tures is reg­u­larly ex­panded and el­i­gi­ble tar­gets for pro­tec­tion added,” he said.

While visi­tors are of­ten im­pressed with the city’s high­rise build­ings, Shang­hai ac­tu­ally has a lot more to of­fer in terms of his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, said Zheng, who is also a mem­ber of the China Academy of Sci­ence. He shared that Shang­hai has about 3,000 West­ern-style vil­las and many streets and com­mu­ni­ties that fea­ture dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture from the past.

“How­ever, it will take ad­di­tional re­fur­bish­ment and ren­o­va­tion to bring new vi­tal­ity to these old build­ings and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Zheng. its sky­line by strength­en­ing reg­u­la­tions for high-rise build­ings. He said that the sky­line still lacks a depth de­spite 30 years of in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment.

“Some peo­ple have com­pared Shang­hai’s ur­ban growth to mush­rooms, while oth­ers say it is akin to bam­boo sprouts,” he said, point­ing out the lack of plan­ning of the city’s build­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Zheng added that the au­thor­i­ties need to es­tab­lish dif­fer­ent mea­sure­ments for space ad­min­is­tra­tion in the dif­fer­ent ar­eas within the city in or­der to re­flect the unique char­ac­ter of Shang­hai.

With re­gard to new and on­go­ing de­vel­op­ments, Zheng said that a 21-kilo­me­ter pedes­trian street is be­ing built on the east bank of the Huangpu River while the pub­lic square in front of the Xu­ji­ahui Catholic Church is be­ing re­fur­bished. In ad­di­tion, sev­eral parks in Shang­hai’s sub­urbs are be­ing con­structed.

“By 2040, the city will have more pub­lic spa­ces, such as pedes­trian streets, pub­lic lava­to­ries, café and out­door leisure fa­cil­i­ties,” said Zheng.

“How­ever, in com­par­i­son with other me­trop­o­lis such as London, New York and Tokyo, Shang­hai has less cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties such as uni­ver­si­ties, mu­se­ums, the­aters and gal­leries, and we need to im­prove in this as­pect.”


Ex­perts say that Shang­hai's sky­line still lacks depth de­spite decades of de­vel­op­ment.

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