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Title: Urban revitalization in highly localized squares: A case study of the Historic Centre of Macao
Authors: Wang, Yongcheng
Yamaguchi, Keita
Kawasaki, Masashi
Keywords: Urban revitalization
Heritage conservation
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Wang, Y., Yamaguchi, K., & Kawasaki, M. (2016). Urban revitalization in highly localized squares: A case study of the Historic Centre of Macao. URBAN DESIGN International, in press.
Series/Report no.: URBAN DESIGN International
Abstract: This paper focuses on Macao’s indigenous form of public space – chintei – the historic squares that epitomize the former Portuguese colony and remain a unique feature of the city-state under the rubric of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. With Macao currently experiencing the ambivalence of a cultural enclave versus a global gaming hub, the squares are facing an unprecedented phase of transformation where heritage conservation converges or even collides with redevelopment pressures. Discussions are engaged about the government’s stance on preserving and revitalizing the squares, which can be either regarded as residual space or architectural ensemble and project potentiality of urban heritage especially after the inscription of the Historic Centre of Macao on the World Heritage List. Findings from case studies demonstrate that the squares’ revitalization is a process of trial and error that continuously redefines them, and their diminished socio-spatial vitality has yet to be revived.
ISSN: 1357-5317
DOI: 10.1057/s41289-016-0009-5
Schools: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Rights: © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Fulltext Permission: none
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