Creating urban network for social interaction and migrant integration in China

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The problem field of the research concerns modern cities in China, with Shenzhen as a particular case. At this moment, public space is not actively helping the integration of migrant groups in the city of Shenzhen, due to two main problems. The first problem has a spatial dimension, while the second problem is related to the social dimension of space.

Lower class migrants in Shenzhen are facing socio-spatial segregation, which limits the opportunities for them to improve their living situation. In addition, the Shenzhen government currently does not actively address this issue. This study offers an alternative approach on migrant integration and the redevelopment of urban villages, aimed at the use of public space. By creating a network of public space and activating the specific places in this network, the social interaction between different inhabitant groups will increase.

According to various literature, social interaction can form a basis in stimulating the integration of the migrant population in an area. Social contact can help in finding opportunities to climb up in the cities hierarchy and improve one’s living situation. The aim of this research project is to create a system of places in which specific places embody a sense of place, in order to stimulate public social life. This should improve social interaction and thereby help the integration of the migrant population in Shenzhen.


ConferenceThe 2018 International Conference on China Urban Development
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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