Regeneration versus demolition. Strategies, actions and local practices on Yongqing Fang Site

  • Edoardo Bruno Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
  • Francesco Carota Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
Keywords: Chinese urbanisation, urban regeneration, cultural heritage, property development, multiple players


The quick economic and urban growth of China has deeply changed its urban image, promoting both new types of settlement and the demolition of large surfaces to make room for new real estate interventions. In the variable physical and regulatory context of the cities of contemporary China, the development of some pilot projects becomes an opportunity to experiment with innovative regeneration practices of existing urban fabrics. The analysis of the Yongqing Fang case study, located in the old town of the megacity Guangzhou, shows the need to change the practice of the regeneration project within a detailed and negotiated co-operation between public and private, to favour the demand towards the historical Assets of the city. Moreover, the case study allows to implement an analysis model to recover cultural heritage within a holistic and procedural perspective, where the project becomes a tool for negotiation, selective space transformation, urban renovation and social inclusion.

Author Biographies

Edoardo Bruno, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, He is a Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD). Since 2015, he has been studying architecture and urban phenomena of contemporary China within the projects of the South China-Torino Collaboration Lab, joint Reasearch Center with South China University of Technology. He was the Executive Curator of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale titled Eyes of the City.

Francesco Carota, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, He is a Research Fellow at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) and a Member of the China Room Research Group. He was co-curator of the catalogue of the China Goes Urban – The City to Come exhibition for Skira Editore.


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Intervention with contemporary elements on the existing building (credit: F. Carota, 2018). AGATHÓN 09 | 2021
How to Cite
Bruno, E. and Carota, F. (2021) “Regeneration versus demolition. Strategies, actions and local practices on Yongqing Fang Site”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 146-157. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9142021.
Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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