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Old October 11th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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old town transformations

could you help me out. I'm doing a paper on old town centers transformations with a goal to revitalize them.

Graz being one of the biggest to my knowledge.

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Old October 17th, 2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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Old town of singapore is pretty much no more.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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The biggest one I can think of that I've visited is Dresden, which was bombed out during WW2 but they're now rebuilding a lot of it from scratch.









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Old October 17th, 2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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I was thinking of Dresden too. Warsaw might be another good example.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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You might find Singapore's case a bit extreme. The old Chinatown district was evicted and the buildings mass restored and mass re-sold. So we ended up with a purely commercial district with souvenirs shops, chinese restaurants, fashion shops, spas, etc with offices at the top levels. A heritage area with heritage buildings but no heritage trades. The oldest shops dates back from only the mid 1990s.

It's a very very bad example. The area feels like a giant theme park now. It's too clean and the crowd there are almost all tourists due to the lack of residents in the old shophouses and lack of shops catering to the general local population.

The old town of "Singapore Town" was laid along the seashore. It was zoned into several areas based on ethnicity. In the 1900s, there were a flood of immigrants and some buildings became overcrowded. When singapore became independent in 1965, there was a mass rehousing scheme. The people were evicted into proper cleaner public housing and the old houses demolished. On the land, new public housing were built. Some were sold as entire city blocks for commercial redevelopment. Conservation only started in 1989, when it was too late. Now only the most important historic centres of these enclaves remain. All were torn down in the 1960s-1980s. It's a sad reality due to the lack of land. But personally I believe there are better ways to tackle the problem than mass demolition.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #6
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Berlin has seen some significant changes and restorations of its historical areas, although the definition of the 'old town' is somewhat clouded by the division during the Cold War. However, I see some nice renovations in the former East Berlin, and that part of town seems to be livelier and more 'in' these days :















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You might find Singapore's case a bit extreme. The old Chinatown district was evicted and the buildings mass restored and mass re-sold. So we ended up with a purely commercial district with souvenirs shops, chinese restaurants, fashion shops, spas, etc with offices at the top levels. A heritage area with heritage buildings but no heritage trades. The oldest shops dates back from only the mid 1990s.

It's a very very bad example. The area feels like a giant theme park now. It's too clean and the crowd there are almost all tourists due to the lack of residents in the old shophouses and lack of shops catering to the general local population.

The old town of "Singapore Town" was laid along the seashore. It was zoned into several areas based on ethnicity. In the 1900s, there were a flood of immigrants and some buildings became overcrowded. When singapore became independent in 1965, there was a mass rehousing scheme. The people were evicted into proper cleaner public housing and the old houses demolished. On the land, new public housing were built. Some were sold as entire city blocks for commercial redevelopment. Conservation only started in 1989, when it was too late. Now only the most important historic centres of these enclaves remain. All were torn down in the 1960s-1980s. It's a sad reality due to the lack of land. But personally I believe there are better ways to tackle the problem than mass demolition.
Not quite right to say there are no residents or original trades in Chinatown. The original residents of the old shophouses now live within the flats in Chinatown, Kreta Ayer, Tanjong Pagar, and they are very much a part of what makes up Chinatown today, inspite of the new commercial trades and touristy areas. The historical temples of Chinatown also continue to serve their following and the place is a focal point during Chinese New Year.

These links may provide useful information on the urban renewal of Singapore's Chinatown, one of the oldest areas in town.

http://www.rst.nus.edu.sg/research/d...mesVol5No2.pdf

http://www.hsse.nie.edu.sg/staff/bla...ownHistory.pdf





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Old October 17th, 2008, 09:14 PM   #8
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London should also be considered, as The City was the original settlement and today serves as the financial centre, with many redevelopments under way - so much that heritage conservationists are concerned.













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Old October 18th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #9
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I think the West End has far more historic buildings than The City financial district
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Old October 19th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #10
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Rotterdam had the biggest redevelopment in the Netherlands since it was bombed by the germans in the 2nd WW.

This is a pictures taken after the bombing:





This is also the reason why Rotterdam is the most modern city in the Netherlands:





And as you can see is still under construction, we in the Netherlands always say that Rotterdam is never finished.

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Old October 21st, 2008, 05:32 PM   #11
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man simply amazing!!!
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 03:51 PM   #12
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New York of course is known for SOHO if you were to call it an old town area with cast iron and how it changed much of the way american cities revitalized older areas and neighborhoods.







Trump's Condo project in SOHO

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Old October 23rd, 2008, 05:43 PM   #13
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Beijings restored Qianmen hutong area:

[IMG]http://i36.************/s5iywp.jpg[/IMG]







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Qianmen Jie in Beijing. Just got a complete face lift and restoration.

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Source: boston.com


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Dazhalan Street area near Qianmen has also been restored:

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Old October 23rd, 2008, 06:46 PM   #15
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Gosh .. in spring 2007 it was still a big construction site!
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Gosh .. in spring 2007 it was still a big construction site!
What was on it previously?
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What was on it previously?
The side streets just off the main street were worn-down, dirty alleys with lots of activity, and the main street was completely wrapped up with these :











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Old October 23rd, 2008, 07:47 PM   #18
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So it's the rebuilding of an area with crumbling old buildings and random old modern buildings? Something like a complete rebuilding of the old Qianmen citycape?
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its restoration of the surviving originals, rebuild of the destroyed Qing Dynasty buildings, and construction of new add ons, as well as retaining some of the late 20th century buildings - the rest bulldozed.

Most of what they had to work on were grainy black and white pics like the first image.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 08:07 PM   #20
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Some more of Rotterdam, it has made a realy big transformation;

Rotterdam before and after the bombing
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Rotterdam burning after the mistake (the bombing was a mistake)
[img]http://www.solcon.nl/arendsmilde/images/Rotterdam_mei_1940_Eitjes_1.jpg/img]

One more before the bombing


And now it has changed so much and so rapidly


Rotterdam 10 years ago (upper left corner) and a few months ago
[IMG]http://i33.************/qnuqnm.jpg[/IMG]





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I think Rotterdam is the city that has made the biggest change after it was bombed
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