Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 03 March 2023

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The Twilight of Shenzhen’s Great Urban Village: Renovation of Baishizhou to Sustain Local Vitality and Improve Living Conditions

Jiaxin Yan 1 , Jiyan Wang * 2 , Yahan Sun 3
1 School of Architecture, Auburn university, Auburn, 36849, US
2 School of Arts, New York University Shanghai, Shanghai, 200122, China
3 Shenzhen College of International Education, Shenzhen, 518043, China

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Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 618-625
Published 03 March 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Jiaxin Yan, Jiyan Wang, Yahan Sun. The Twilight of Shenzhen’s Great Urban Village: Renovation of Baishizhou to Sustain Local Vitality and Improve Living Conditions. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 618-625.


This paper examines the ongoing demolition of Shenzhen’s largest urban village, Baizhizhou, where poor living conditions and local vitality coexist. We focus on people’s attitudes towards the demolition project and investigate how to renovate Baishizhou to enhance living conditions and sustain local vitality simultaneously. By conducting field research through surveys and interviews with current residents of Baishizhou, we find that people are concerned about their displacement and the disappearance of community culture. Also, people reckon natural lighting and overcrowdedness are the main needed-for-improvement aspects of their current living conditions. In discussion, we propose our replan of Baishizhou in zoning and architectural design to solve the issues we found. We believe that the renovation of Baishizhou should be both human-oriented and practicality centered, which would have multiple implications for the redevelopment of urban villages in modern China.


Baishizhou, renovation, urban village, demolition, vitality.


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