Shuo Qi (Grace) is a PhD researcher in i-DAT on the CODEX International Postgraduate Research Network. Her research focuses on the protection and reconstruction of urban historic districts from an architectural and sociological perspective.
The significance of historical districts should not to be overlooked, as they sit at the heart of the architectural and humanistic (or sociological) character of the city. Whereas previous studies mainly sought to examine either the social developments, or the development of built areas, this research explores how these two factors are in fact intertwined and need to be studied as a complex entanglement.
The social transformation and development of urban historic blocks can truly realize the sustainable development of a city, whilst supporting residents to be more resilient to ongoing urban expansion and development.