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Building a Sustainable Community in Social Low-rent High-rise Housing: the Case of the Chongqing Model in China
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  • Journal title : Architectural research
  • Volume 17, Issue 4,  2015, pp.139-146
  • Publisher : Architectural Institute of Korea
  • DOI : 10.5659/AIKAR.2015.17.4.139
 Title & Authors
Building a Sustainable Community in Social Low-rent High-rise Housing: the Case of the Chongqing Model in China
Peng, Xueni; Baek, Jin;
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In 2007, in the city of Chongqing, the city government announced a plan to meet the basic needs of its lower-to-middle class residents, namely those of providing a shelter and urban infrastructure. In one respect, the effort to attain such goals has achieved good quantitative results; however, a more critical examination reveals that little consideration has been given to analyzing the qualitative aspects of such a policy, namely the physical and emotional effects on tenants. The results of the research in this paper have implications on the need to focus on building a `sustainable` and `healthy` community, with the awareness that for people in low-rent areas, sociability and community spirit are more closely related to their neighborhood contentment. Although attention to scale and type of area-planning are both important, the immediate surroundings and services are often neglected, but as we shall show they are key considerations for residents in this new type of housing. While attempting to comprehend the role of community in the quality of a neighborhood, in this research, we attempt to document the physical appearance of the problem and explore its underlying causes in order to shed more light on residents` individual evaluations of quality in their local living conditions and include the affective dimensions of such perceptions.
The Chongqing Model;Low-rent Housing;Physical and Emotional Effects;Sustainable Community;
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