This research will provide a theoretical foundation for temporary events being used in practice, and will fill the gaps where event studies lack research based on Asian culture.
Thesis title: Temporary Event and Old City’s Regeneration in China
Primary supervisor: Dr Kalliopi Fouseki
Secondary supervisor: Dr Michael Short
Starting date: 2017
Projected completion date: 2020
Historic buildings in China’s Old Cities are abandoned or renewed in isolated places away from local life and urban history, mainly because modern culture, which favours a new style of living, is spread and the local culture is devaluated. Temporary events, by definition, have a beginning and an end and are temporal phenomena. With planned events, the event programme or schedule is generally planned in detail and well publicized in advance as an effective tool to fill the gap between two cultures and renovate the character of a place. Temporary events have become an unavoidable concept during urban regeneration in the UK and Europe since World War II. However, the question of what effects an event has on a place where it happens has not been answered until now, and a cross-cultural comparison is required in this field. Therefore, my research aims to explore “how does a temporary event drive a certain change in the character of urban spaces in Old Cities where they happen” .
This research will provide a theoretical foundation for temporary events being used in practice, and fill the gaps where event studies (which are mainly approached in the UK and Europe) lack research based on Asian culture. It also provides both theoretical and practical guidance for old cities’ regeneration in today’s China and other developing countries all over the world.