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Unfolding China’s urban development: the implementation of public art in Beijing and Shanghai


Cheng, H and Worrall, J, Unfolding China's urban development: the implementation of public art in Beijing and Shanghai, Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 3, (1) Article 1025. ISSN 2717-5626 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.36922/jcau.v3i1.1025


During China’s speeding urbanization, creating a unique city image to achieve economic growth draws the attention of property developers, urban planners, and city administrations. Through activating urban spaces and creating dynamic urban culture, public art plays an effective role in leading modern urban creative capital investment into China’s urban development. In order to understand the implementation of public art in Beijing and Shanghai, this research aims to analyze the resonance between public art and urbanization in Chinese megacities through selected case studies. The study reveals public art guided by urbanization policy and strategy in metropolitan China, which further unfolds the discontinuous and fragmented relationship between public art, public sphere, and urbanization policies. Through discovering the imbalances between public art investment, implementation, and postimplementation management frameworks, the study provides several approaches to boost China’s urban development for achieving the resonance between public art and urbanization.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public art, urban development, urban policy, Chinese metropolis, public art management, urban planner, urbanization policy
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction planning
Objective Field:Urban planning
UTAS Author:Worrall, J (Professor Julian Worrall)
ID Code:146007
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2021-08-18
Last Modified:2022-08-26

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