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A Study of the Current Spatial Distribution of Danwei Compounds in the Old Town of Hefei, China

Version 1 : Received: 26 October 2020 / Approved: 27 October 2020 / Online: 27 October 2020 (12:26:21 CET)

How to cite: Ye, N.; Kita, M.; Matsubara, S.; Okyere, S.A.; Shimoda, M. A Study of the Current Spatial Distribution of Danwei Compounds in the Old Town of Hefei, China. Preprints 2020, 2020100553 Ye, N.; Kita, M.; Matsubara, S.; Okyere, S.A.; Shimoda, M. A Study of the Current Spatial Distribution of Danwei Compounds in the Old Town of Hefei, China. Preprints 2020, 2020100553

Abstract

Danwei compounds, the previously dominant urban neighbourhood form in China, has experienced steady decline since the 1997 Reform. Existing researches suggest that Danwei compounds, which were characteristically walled neighbourhood of work and residence, has gradually changed. However, there is limited understanding on its current spatial function and relation to the city. Therefore, two questions were raised: how are Danwei compounds spatially distributed and how do they relate to the city in terms of commercial centres accessibility? These questions are engaged in a comparative manner by comparing the Danwei compounds with other residential sites. Conducted in old town of Hefei, this study was organised quantitatively using land-use maps, road networks, and the commercial distribution data. ArcGIS and IBM SPSS were used as software platforms, and methods such as pedestrian shed analysis and descriptive statistics were employed. The results show that Danwei compounds are still the primary neighbourhoods in the old town. They are also comparatively well spatially shaped and located with higher accessibility to commercial centres than non-Danwei residential sites. The paper concludes that Danwei compounds constitute an important component of the city’s spatial organisation and require particular planning and policy attention for their improvement and development towards liveable urban environment.

Subject Areas

Danwei; Danwei compound; urban neighbourhood; Pedestrian Shed; China

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