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Zhonghan Tan

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Over your city grass will grow


Urban shrinkage has become a global phenomenon since the 20th century. Although China is on the rise of rapid development, the phenomenon of urban decline has drawn more and more attention from scholars. Yumen, the first Chinese oil city, has faced the population loss from 130,000 to 20,000 during the past 70 years. The concept of shrinking cities illustrates an important shift that an era of constant growth has gone. Cities in a state of shrinkage have a smaller population scale and fewer resource requirements. Conversely, a large number of idle assets provide sufficient material foundation for urban redevelopment. This project proposes to reintegrate the urban fabric and social connection by reclaiming and recycling. By which the development of the city is carried out in a dynamic manner with seasonal change to meet the needs of social development.
Yumen, Gansu, China



Zhonghan Tan

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