The Fragmented City: Politics of Urban Preservation in Beijing, Paris, and Chicago

May 18, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Woodlawn Room, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UIC

The research examines the policy processes of urban preservation in Beijing, Paris, and Chicago from the 1950s to the present. It demonstrates that urban preservation has drifted away from a cultural concern, but has become a strategic device employed by different political, social, and market actors to fulfill their distinct and occasionally contradictory goals. The fragmented political structure in cities further shapes the interactions of different actors and creates various patterns of urban preservation.