Mengfan Jiang

Master of Science in Architectural History and Theory/Advanced Urbanism



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DLGS 2018 (2018-2021)


Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
From massive reconstruction to small-scale stepwise urban renewal: A contribution to socially integrative cities? - Case study of Wuhan, China

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden

In recent decades, China has seen a transformation in urban renewal from the old type of large-scale rapid reconstruction to a new type characterized by small-scale integrated urban renewal. Large-scale demolition and redevelopment have not only brought enormous economic benefits but also social and environmental problems, resulting in unsustainable cities. The Chinese government, therefore, has launched experimental actions in many pilot cities to foster a more sustainable approach of small-scale integrated urban renewal. This dissertation intends to explore and describe the new type of renewal in China, examining whether and to which extent this approach has contributed to socially integrative cities. The author will review relevant literature to characterize the main features of this new type of urban renewal before conducting a comparative case study of the two (old and new) types of urban renewal. Here the model of “socially integrative urban renewal” will serve as a conceptual framework for the analysis. Empirical data will be gathered by document analysis as well as qualitative observation, in-depth interviews and a survey conducted in the city of Wuhan. The results will contribute to an understanding of the evolution of urban renewal in China and the challenges it faces. Moreover, fresh insights will be generated on the new type of urban renewal and its strengths and weaknesses in promoting socially integrative cities.

Key words: socially integrative urban renewal, community regeneration, urban governance, social capital



Since 06/2018
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Science

09/2016 – 09/2017
Studies in Advanced Urbanism, Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Academic Degree: Master of Science

09/2015 – 04/2018
Studies in Architectural History and Theory, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Master of Architecture

09/2010 – 07/2015
Studies in Conservation of Historic Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Bachelor of Engineer


Architecture Trainee, Tongji Architectural Design Co., Ltd.(TJAD), CQ Studio, Shanghai, China

Research Assistant, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Paid Trainee, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute, Hunan, China

Participant, Spanish City Reading and Art Practice, Fumei Shanghai overseas Chinese foundation (NGO), Spain


Scholarship for a doctorate at the TU Dresden by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
Academic Scholarships for Postgraduates, China
Third-class Academic Scholarship, Tongji University