The Chinese Approach to City Wall Preservation. The Case Study Of Zhaoqing Ancient City Centre in Perspective with the Italian Experience

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Project description

Among the first countries for World Heritage sites number, China has just recently shown the a concerning concern in about 20th century’s heritage conservation recently in XX century. Since the Maoist period, the country went through many pressures by a fast process of urbanization, a rapid population growing growth and also some moments of apparently inexplicable destruction. It This attentionjust  started having attention after the reforms supported by Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping, then the it grew up with the participation of China at the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1985, which marked its entrance in anexpert and foreignerworldwide community of experts and implicitly declared the acceptance of the international principles on of conservation.

 The improvement of Chinese architecturale heritage conservation policy is nowadays very encouraged, but China still needs to promote coordinated programs between among cities, in order to better relocate its top-down financial support. The wall of Zhaoqing’s town walls together with others Chinese cityies walls are subjected applying tofor the World Heritage promoted programList.

The paper mentions some of the most important issues concerningregarding not only the Chinese ancient city walls, but more widely what are the topics about a coordinated conservative preservation project in China; . In a country that,from a Western perspective, seems, from a Western perspective,  to growing up fast quickly in every sector,  a “tabula rasa”where every urban project transformation could seems often to be possible - like in an ideal “tabula rasa” -, andwhere an important site like the ancient City centre of Zhaoqing has foundcould face strong difficulties in carrying  on a specific conservationve program.

Choosing Zhaoqing as our a case of study case means thereforewe are learningtaking advantage,from a Western perspective,ofthea Chinese important heritage issues, in order to create a supporting base for a new international debate about the differences with between Eastern andthe Western – and particulary Italian – experiences in heritage preservation and enhancement.

In the general framework of the activities promoted by the “South-China Torino Collaboration Lab”,Politecnico di Torino has signed in September 2015 a collaboration agreement with the City of Zhaoqing for,inside the wide program promoted by the “South-China Torino Collaboration Lab”, for a consulting ant activity in managing aimed to edit a general Master Plan,that has to unifying both urban planning and conservative practices.

 In this framework,  the research paper has given a significant contribution to the future development of the project activities thats will be carried out by the Lab.

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