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Introduction to a Major Project of the National Social Science Fund:
Research on China’s Industrial Heritage Conservation System

Subin Xu* and Nobuo Aoki

School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
* Corresponding author:

ABSTRACT  Since the 1980s, China has undergone a series of important changes such as industrial restructuring, land transfer and urbanization, which has brought about the problem of what should be done with the city’s industrial heritage. The author’s research team has undertaken the National Social Science’s Major Project (the highest level of Chinese national social science research) titled “Systematic Research on the Protection of Urban Industrial Heritage in Modern China”. This is the first nationwide and systematic study of industrial heritage in China. This paper is a brief introduction to the study’s framework and current research achievements, including five topics: (1) the study of industrial modernization processes, including international perspectives; (2) industrial heritage information acquisition and database setup; (3) estimation of industrial heritage value; (4) studies in planning and design strategy of industrial heritage reutilization; and (5) the transition from industrial heritage conservation to the development of a cultural industry.

KEYWORDS  China, industrial heritage, technological history, database, value evaluation, adaptive reuse, cultural industry

Received December 7, 2017; accepted Feburuary 20, 2018.

References updated on March 26, 2018.

Notes updated on March 28, 2018

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