Validating the Holistic Sustainability Framework by the Application on Shanagbu Regeneration in China

By Wenli Dong, Jamie Mackee and Michael Mak.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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The Holistic Sustainability Framework (HSEF) for Chinese Cities is developed based on the indigenous philosophies of China. With the data of thirteen large urban design projects collected in four Chinese cities, research found out the traditional philosophy and western models were underpinning the urban practices in Chinese cities. However, its applicability in different local practices still needs to be tested. This paper has applied and assessed the conceptual framework for the urban design assessment in China. It has centred on Shenzhen Shanagbu Regeneration, aims to check the interrelations and links in decision-making for sustainable development, and validating the applicability of this framework. Discussions on the applications of the framework focused on the interpretation of the key relational qualities, clarifying questions and selection of a preferred option, from the analysis diagrams and corresponding narratives. In order to verify that the framework could be applied during the tasks, processes and results of the urban design as a decision making tool, the integrated model underpinning the project information will be operationalized and implemented through the interrelated steps in design including analysis of the design problem, synthesis and appraisal. The Case of Shangbu Regeneration is majoring in the analysis of the design problem and synthesis. The findings of the application exercise suggest that a framework based on the philosophical and cultural experiences of the region provides a robust foundation for a credible alternative approach to evaluate the urban regeneration projects. It is argued that a conceptual framework based on yin yang principles is appropriate for evaluating the urban design in China. The following work is validating the framework in the planning appraisal stage with other urban projects and finding further implications on the revision of the model.

Keywords: Sustainability Framework, Validation, Design Process, Urban Regeneration, China, Indigenous Philosophy

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 10, Issue 2, July 2015, pp.19-33. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 808.527KB).

Dr Wenli Dong

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Jamie Mackee

Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Michael Mak

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia