Sustainable degeneration of post-industrial towns in Northeast China
The Northeast has long been the industrial base of China. As the process of liberalization, privatization, and the third wave of industrialization continuing, the Northeast is facing severe challenges, including the invariable shrinkage and degradation. Therefore, instead of expecting the city to be a machine of development that generates infinite prosperousness, the urban establishment should be an organic system with the natural attribute of growing, dying and decomposing. The euthanasia of the industrial machines - a sustainable degeneration plan would be the best solution under the dilapidating process of the city.
Tutor: Jan Loerakker
The Northeast is the world's best example of a Soviet-style economy, because its central-planning mentality has persisted for so long.
— Liang Qidong
The structure of the north-east's economy, however, has worsened in a more important respect. It has become ever more reliant on investment and manufacturing, both geared to the now-slowing property market.
— <The Economist>
Believing building to be the primary constructive activity, the discipline has not institutionalized special studies of subtraction.
If subtraction is part of a system of ex-change, a function of an active organization of construction and destruction, it is also a positive tool of space making.
— Keller Easterling, <Subtraction>, 2003
Special thanks to Jan Loeraker, Deane Simpson, Jens Kvorning, Gerard Reinmuth, Charles Bessard, Jonna Majgaard Krarup, Morten Kjer Jeppesen and everyone who helped me with this project.
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