Today, in the era of the ever instant urbanization for almost every Chinese city, from the space’s standing point, on one hand, people are benefiting from the advanced logistics, enjoying the long distance services and one-stop experiences, on the other, we all are more depended on auto to overcome the distance from one point to the other, and forced to pursue the unstable land use. In turn, it brings the fuzzy realization of the area, the everlasting fragment matching, and as a result the constant negative of the self–cognition.
If the city and its space could shape the ethos and behavior of the citizens, are the contemporary people’s apathy, gloss and nervous the reflection of the space? Even in such a rapid expansion period, can we still hold a space with shared recognition, utility, efficiency and sustainability? Or, should it be an inevitable cost? The fabric of one century year old original Hankow Concessions probably provides an unique alternative logic for the answers.
The area of old five concessions is around 2 skm, with the peak population 250k. The hierarchy of “road, street and alley” is a basic structure, composed by 78 open street blocks and average occupies 2.56 Ha, while the road density is 15.6km/skm with the road red-Line 12 to 18 meters.
1.The fractal structure is distinct and robust，with the hierarchy of Lifeng—neighborhood—function area is clear and local-global link is intelligible.
2.The clean and unified public ‘interface’ solidifies and conserves the urban context, and in turn dominates the city cognition and city images.
3.The roads and streets play different roles, and fit into people’s cognition system, which in turn, profoundly influence the formation of the area’s function and its identity. Till now, there are quite civil and public facilities named by the road and street they are located along.
4.It is the Street Block, such a high-efficiency space organization form, that balances relationship within function, capacity and quality, and having bred the charm of local urban culture.