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CHAONAN DISTRICT, SHANTOU
VILLAGE REGENERATION PROJECT

ISOCARP Urban Planning Advisory Team (UPAT)
Hosted by
Shantou Planning Bureau and
Institute of Urban Planning and Design of the Nanjing University
Urban Development Strategy, 2013

The villages in the Chaonan district, Shantou, show a fascinating Manhattan-like configuration – unique in China – and posses a lot of potential. However, due to current sprawl this identity never came about fully. This analysis shows the major cause of this boundless sprawl is the easy access to land. Since land is not a scarce product, unrestrained growth is the unwelcome result.

Our proposal is therefore to issue a stop on the development of new (not-cultivated) land and thus stimulate intensification. Cultivated land will hence rise in value solving various problems within the constraints of the area. Simultaneously, new policies with tax advantages for green and clean industries will reduce pollution. We believe that these new measurements will tap into the entrepreneurial potential in the area.

In sum, our interventions are based on the unique character of the Chaonan district and offer an alternative to current sprawl. In this way, we will re-establish the authenticity of the villages and propose a new economical model. Moreover, by inserting above measurements within the existing ownership structures and allotment, this area can be the test case for new forms of bottom-up urbanism in China.

Team: Michiel Hulshof, Daan Roggeveen, Brechtje Spreeuwers Dutch Expert Team: Martin Dubbeling, Leader, Connecting Cities, Dr. Govert Geldof, Geldof c.s., Richard ter Avest, Goudappel Coufeng, Wouter Vos, KuipersCompagnons, Sebastien Goethals, Urban Stream, Ric Stephens, SPD

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