Essay Question: Will Hefeng Creative Cluster succeed?–an interdisciplinary study on a government led urban regeneration project in Ningbo, China

Posted: April 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: creative industries | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

With a purpose to get an indepth understanding of urban development in contemporary China in general, the author will do a case study of an urban regeneration project led by govenment in Ningbo in detail with an interdisciplinary perspective.

The theories supposed to be based on are: global city, creative industry, urban regime and institutional theory, etc.

Some Notes About Urban Development and Ecologies

Posted: May 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: waste industries | Tags: , | No Comments »

Zehle (2008) indicated the notion of “network ecologies”. Urban development in many cities of the world will be influenced by local, national and regional politics and institutions. Local and national politics have played the most important role in current urban development. Industrialization which is rapidly developing in China results in a mass consumerism through material gain. Zehle (2008) mentions that the recycling yards around Beijing are sprawling. Urban development needs resources and produces wastes.

According to Conley (1997), Ecopolitics is a study of environmental awareness – or non-awareness. It means that we think about the conditions of life, space and the world in an ecological way. Verena Andermatt Conley gave strong ecological consciousness which can make long-range effects. Ecopolitics poses questions to technologies and concerns with the environment.

Neo-industrialization in the new economy is an integral approach to economy, ecology and space and bringing in new activities. Although Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing are well developed, Petersen (2003) argues that in the global market, Chinese companies lack competition because of the limits of capital, advanced technology, developed markets, and name brand recognition. It is hard to for Chinese companies to reduce costs and increase profits. Many national companies will take a risk of going bankrupt. This will result in social problems such as: unemployment. Furthermore, during the urban development, rural labor will be eager to move to the urban areas. However, their working condition and life quality are not optimistic.

Zehle S (2008) Network Ecologies: Documenting Depletion, Exhausting Exposure‘, Urban China 33: 30-31.

Petersen K (2003) China,Neoliberalism,and the WTO.Retrieved April 26, 2009 from

Conley VA (1997) Ecopolitics: the environment in poststructuralist thought, Routledge, London. Retrieved April 26, 2009 from ebrary database.

Changes in the Ningbo city

Posted: March 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

The Sanjiankou Area
It is the junction area of the three rivers: the Yao River, the Yong River, and the Fenghua River, now is the commercial center of the Ningbo City.

                                             The Old Sanjiangkou

                    The New Sanjiangkou



The Tianyi Square

It is the biggest and most famous business center in Ningbo. It was finished in 2003. The superficial measure of area reaches to over 200,000 meters squared. The total budget is 14 hundred millions RMB. It is the biggest comprehensive commercial center in China.  It has a wide selection of restaurants and shops selling clothing, jewelry, furniture, mobile phones, and imported goods. 

                              The original location of the Tianyi Square 


                            The Tianyi Square Now