Chongqing/Possible uses of the old industrial factories
Industrial architecture has its own formal language and principle, expressed “architectural beauty” through industrial language. Because of the need of industrial production, the volume of industrial factory is large, which provide better plasticity of operation for its inner space. the essay would like to discuss how these old and deserted building could be reused and revitalized.
(1) public leisure space
The factories can be transformed to public leisure space. For example, Qijiang park in Guangzhou is one of the example that the old industrial area were renovated to a green park.
The factories can be transformed to theme museum or use the space for theme exhibition. Business, conference, turism, trading can be combined. The case can be found in Brussels, Germany. For example, the industrial relic in Chengdu has been changed to industrial museum. The old building has gain its new life.The industrial relic is abundant in Chongqing, the old industrial building can also be used as big cultural corridor which combines green, scenery, leisure, culture and entertainment.
(3) The comprehensive development combined tourism, shopping, leisure together. There can be industrial area reformed shopping center, together with gym, pub or other program.
(4)creative cluster. The industrial area could be changed to creative cluster or modern art area, to put on creative show such as statue or installation. The examples are easy to be found. The M50 creative cluster in Shanghai was transformed from flour mill and the 798 creative cluster in Beijing is changed from heavy steel company.
All in all, the changing role of Chongqing inevitably caused more and more industrial area to be deserted, finding ways to sort them as well as method to revitalize them to benefit citizens is necessary.