Tongfei Jin

School of Architecture

PHD Research Student


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Tongfei Jin
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Tongfei Jin is a PhD candidate in Urban Design, the University of Sheffield. She graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a degree of B.E. in Urban Planning, and graduated from University of Sheffield with a degree of M.A. in Urban Design in 2018.

After obtaining the master's degree, she took a gap year and worked as an intern at the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design to explore community regeneration. Her research focuses on the definition, development and impact of community resilience in the process of urban and community micro-regeneration in China, especially in residential historic districts, and the co-production procedure as well as multi-stakeholders’ collaboration in urban regeneration. 

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Project title: 

Exploring community resilience based on community micro-regeneration in Urban China.

Project outline: 

This research attempts to answer the question: how can community micro-regeneration projects in Chinese cities be situated and contextualised as particular kinds of practices to build resilient historic communities? The research discussed in this paper focuses on residential historic districts—hutong areas in Beijing and lilong areas in Shanghai. Chinese cities' rapid urbanisation has put the residential historic parts at the risk of being neglected and unwanted. This process is criticised for leading to inequality, social injustice and deterioration of the heritage.

In this context, micro-regeneration has been viewed as an ‘experimental’ approach to cope with these issues and enhance life quality at the community level. Through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and collaborative constructions, micro-regeneration projects endeavour to transform ordinary people’s awareness of heritage conservation and enhance community cohesion as well as networks to facilitate self-governing and sustainable development.

This research situates government-supported regeneration practices engaging various actors in residential historic spaces within a global discourse of community resilience. It explores the co-productive procedure, resource network, and collaborative governance during and after the micro-regeneration process and resituates the community resilience discourse through the lens of space and the notion of co-production.

Several examples of the co-produced community common space located in Beijing and Shanghai will be presented and discussed. The research argues that co-productive community micro-regeneration can be a powerful tool to enhance heritage conservation and community resilience, by improving residents’ sense of belonging, exercising agency, promoting self-governance, and combining community strengths to thrive in changing circumstances.

Primary supervisor: 
Krzysztof Nawratek

Beatrice De Carli

Date started: 01/10/2019

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