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The renewal of hollow village A research and proposal of Erhai area in YunNan, China
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Under the background of rapid urbanization in China, hollowing phenomenon happened in several villages accompanies with the population loss, vacant houses and land abandonment. The Development is later in southwest of China than in the central and eastern regions. Thus, the research on problems during urbanization process is not deep and also lack of research for hollow village. Currently, southwest is under rapid urbanization development stage and due to the unique geography and resource, the development of Erhai area is influenced by urbanization and tourism. This paper mainly studies the influence factors and phenomenon and makes appropriate renewal suggestions through investigation and analysis of the Erhai area. This study belongs to the whole village space research, involving both urban design and industrial development impact, emphasizing the systematic analysis. Focused on three issues: 1) how do spatial factors influence in the process of hollowing in Erhai villages? 2) what are the changes and problems that appeared in Erhai villages? 3) how to renew the hollow villages based on regional potential in Erhai area? This paper analyzes the spatial structure and factors in Erhai area from the perspective of urban planning. Through literature research on the concept, the classification and discussion the existing regulation mode of hollow village, I get a deeper understanding of the topic. Furthermore, spatial elements are used in analysis the case. Analysis contains two parts: the evolution of village spatial structure and the various changed elements within villages. Specifically, it analyzes the relationship between the spatial structure, evolution process and hollowing phenomenon. Then, more detailed analysis focuses on village changing in representative villages. It analyzes from the basic change in single building, building combinations and surrounding environment and tries to find problems. Finally, the author hopes to combine the development of tourism as well as the concept of city for people to look for the renewal method for the area. The first finding of this paper is the underlying different development background, the problem has different variations, with strong regionalism. Therefore, there can be no uniform renewal mode for all hollow villages. Appearing of hollow village is caused by missing or imbalance of certain elements during the development process in the region. In the Erhai area, the village seems more probably hollowing which developed earlier, with convenient traffic conditions and the developed in tertiary industry. However, serious problems actually have more direct link with the government behavior and blind development, lack of reasonable planning. Hollowing not only performs in material terms, but also in terms of the loss of the humanities. The existing renewal mode for such issues always neglected the part of cultural loss. The author believes it needs to consider more for people, combine with the results of theoretical and case studies, and make the final suggestions. Finally, this paper puts XiZhou village as an object, a reasonable planning as method, to create a better living environment for the people as the aim to improving the problem Hollow Village. The theoretical significance: the paper is to expand the research method to the problem of villages hollow in space aspect and to fill the research on southwest hollow village and provide support for local authorities making measurement of hollow village. The practical contribution of this paper is helpfully to solve the specific problems of hollow villages in Erhai area.

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2014. , 81 p.
Keyword [en]
hollow village, Erhai area, spatial element, tourism, city for people, urban design, renewal planning, XiZhou
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4470Local ID: diva2:831812
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2014-06-19 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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