Abstract Historic cities are the essence of Chinese civilization. However, due to the large-scale urban construction in recent years, the environmental quality of historic urban district keeps deteriorating, traditional features are lost, and artificial historic districts are built up in …

Approaches and Methods of “Restoration of Historic Cities” from the Perspective of Cultural Heritage Conservation Read more »

Abstract This journal article aimed at studying the existed problem and mistaken recognition on the ancient city preservation theory, solutions. From investigating the sustainable development issues, building renewal methods, to the all-inclusive analysis on the protection of historical street districts …

Method of Protection and Renewal on Historical Street District Read more »

Abstract The Guardian (15 October 2014) by Yuan Ren This newspaper article provides a comprehensive narrative and explanation of Datong’s ambitious plan launched by Mayor Geng to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city. How the …

Back to the Future: the Fake Relics of the ‘old’ Chinese City of Datong Read more »

Abstract “This publication is part of a series published by ESCAP in an effort to promote awareness of the role of geology in urban planning, and to encourage central and local governments of member states to make more efficient use …

Coordination between Urban Planning Policy and the Urban Geological Environment, Datong City, China Read more »

Abstract “In this edited volume, leading environmental policy experts from China, USA, and Europe provide a contemporary view of Chinese environmental policy, analyzing current discussions among various actors and agencies. The book covers a wide range of topics including the …

Chinese Environmental Governance: Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects in a Changing Society Read more »

Abstract This local chronicle is a Datong encyclopaedia written by the Local Codification Committee of the Datong City in 2000. It documented the full history, geography, political, economic development, social issues, governance, management, policies, and culture. Most importantly, zooming in …

Chronicles of the Datong City (Volume 2) Read more »

Abstract This journal article offered detailed account into the Datong City’s spatial developmental strategies. Through studying the historic background, socio-political contexts, economical development, and urban planning, this journal explored the relationships between the city developmental strategies and the distribution of …

A Study on Datong City’s Spatial Developmental Strategies (2008-2030) Read more »

This resource contents information on the process of industrial transition that happened in Datong. The city experienced a changing industrial focus from resource-based to cultural-historical city. And, from this industrial transition phase, the author analyzes the different urban discrepancies on …

“Resource-based City” to Culture-based Urban Planning Read more »

  Around 1960s, the conflict Datong faced was not unique: city protection or city development, it is not a multiple choice. while developing high speed industrialization and modenization, city needs to give priority to automobile dominated transportation. Massive multi-purpose buildings …

Analysis of Datong’s Fragmented Historical Development(1960-2010) Read more »

Abstract These two video clips documented the undisclosed protesting events happening after the eviction and demolition order was given to remove and relocate local residence living near the Datong City Wall. On 29 March 2010, in front of the Datong …

Impacts of City Demolition and Restoration: Oppositions and Protests Read more »

Abstract This website documented construction photos starting from the September 2008, when the project was initiated to the end of restoration work in November 2016. Not only aerial photos and city wall overalls, but also site photos showing details and …

120 Photos Recording the Datong City Wall 8-year Restoration Path Read more »

Abstract BBC News (13 September, 2018) by Lin zuwei This newspaper article critically drew insights into the processes, reasons and unresolved matters hidden under the huge transformation of the Datong Demolishment and Restoration Project, from a coal mining and industrial …

China’s Datong: Construct, Demolish and Abandon in the Controversial Voices Read more »

    《論語·子路》:“大同,大而不同。和而不同,方為大同。” Cited from Confucian Analects, by Zilu. In other words, these two sentences means Datong, big but different. Datong Society is one in which everybody is devoted to serving the common good instead of seeking primarily to benefit only …

Is Datong still Datong? Where Do the Newly Built Ancient City Go Next? Read more »

  Looking at these photos, the evidence of modernisation and rapid city transformation can be clearly seen, lying in the somehow intended and unintended boundaries between the city wall and the newly constructed buildings. But is it really the right …

Critical Investigation on the City Wall Preservation and Restoration: Issues and Challenges Read more »

City Wall Preservation and Restoration Rationale Due to the complicated historic reasons and twists in socio-political contexts mentioned before, the appearances of ancient city were severely destroyed and transformed. Starting from 2008, the mountains and rivers surrounding the old city, the …

Overview of City Wall Preservation and Restoration: Rationale and Rehabilitate Process (2008-2016) Read more »

Under the background of “government-enterprise integration” during the 1970s, the Datong City Administrative Zoning was formed as an economically planned product. The major urban planning issues were city-suburb segmentations, crisscrossing patterns, unclear boundaries, and contradictory planning approaches. The boundaries of …

City Wall Demolition and Restoration: Analysis on Masterplan and City Planning Strategies (2006-2020) Read more »