A Generic Scenario on Urban Sustainability of a Historical City Center

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Simon Chih-Feng Shu
Ching-Kai Lin


In discussion on modern urban development issues, many researches have focused on those newly expanded areas, yet few researches have scrutinized what contributes to the vibrant life of the historical Central Business District (CBD) in inner cities. This research has examined a declined old city centre in central Taiwan by deploying Space Syntax analysis to verify possible contributions of parts-whole street network disconnection to the death of CBD in inner cities. The research findings suggest that linearity and critical street segments being properly integrated with the whole arterial street network could be crucial for future city planning.


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Shu, S. C.-F., & Lin, C.-K. (2020). A Generic Scenario on Urban Sustainability of a Historical City Center. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 18, 11-36. Retrieved from https://ph01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nakhara/article/view/239905
Author Biography

Simon Chih-Feng Shu, Department of Architecture, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Simon C.F. Shu studied for his MArch at the Flemish Catholic University of Louvain and obtained his PhD in Advanced Architectural Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. His PhD research focused on the relationship between crime and space. He is presently working as an associate professor at the Architecture Department of Tunghai University in Taichung City, Taiwan. He teaches classes in Architectural Design, Theory of Architecture, and Space Syntax Analysis in the Postgraduate division of the Architecture Department.


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