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Socio-Spatial Changes in Danwei Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of the AMS Danwei Compound in Hefei, China

Division of Global Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita 565-0871, Japan
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Received: 21 February 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 9 April 2021 / Published: 12 April 2021
This paper analysed socio-spatial changes in old urban neighbourhoods (Danwei compounds) in Chinese cities as a result of two major national level reforms: the Reform and Opening Up and the Urban Housing reform in 1978 and 1997, respectively. Existing research indicates fundamental changes have taken place in the political, economic and social aspects of Danwei compounds. However, there is a paucity of research on micro-level changes. To understand how these reforms have affected the social-spatial schema of Danwei Compounds, the study utilised mapping, key person interviews and field observation in AMS compound, Hefei city of Anhui province. This paper compared the AMS Danwei Compound before and after the reforms in terms of public spaces, building features and compound management. The study found that the AMS Danwei Compound has experienced a significant reduction in public space, an increase in building density and a reconfiguration of compound management actors. The study suggests the need for local planning authorities and government to pay attention to planning and design of the old city core by emphasising improvement in public spaces, attention to compact design principles for urban neighbourhood planning, and establishment of local community management body. View Full-Text
Keywords: Danwei; working unit; urban community; neighbourhood; public space; neighbourhood management; urban planning; China; reform; historical comparison Danwei; working unit; urban community; neighbourhood; public space; neighbourhood management; urban planning; China; reform; historical comparison
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Ye, N.; Kita, M.; Matsubara, S.; Okyere, S.A.; Shimoda, M. Socio-Spatial Changes in Danwei Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of the AMS Danwei Compound in Hefei, China. Urban Sci. 2021, 5, 35. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/urbansci5020035

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Ye N, Kita M, Matsubara S, Okyere SA, Shimoda M. Socio-Spatial Changes in Danwei Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of the AMS Danwei Compound in Hefei, China. Urban Science. 2021; 5(2):35. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/urbansci5020035

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Ye, Nanqi, Michihiro Kita, Shigeki Matsubara, Seth A. Okyere, and Motoki Shimoda. 2021. "Socio-Spatial Changes in Danwei Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of the AMS Danwei Compound in Hefei, China" Urban Science 5, no. 2: 35. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/urbansci5020035

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