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Sustainability 2015, 7(5), 5282-5303; doi:10.3390/su7055282

Interpretation of 798: Changes in Power of Representation and Sustainability of Industrial Landscape

School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Received: 31 January 2015 / Revised: 13 April 2015 / Accepted: 22 April 2015 / Published: 30 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape and Sustainability)
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Against the background of economic transformation and urban renewal, the protection and sustainable development of urban industrial landscapes has become an important practical issue, and how to maintain the unique local culture of these landscapes is key to solving the problem. By integrating the concept of “layer” and regarding the landscape as text, this paper will investigate the representation of industrial landscapes and the process of changes in power represented by different actors through different texts from the perspective of representation. The paper selected Beijing 798 as the research area to explore the shaping of changes in the industrial landscape of 798 from a weapon manufacturing area to an arts district, creative industry park and the “pan 798” by the factory owners, government, management committee, artists, media and tourists through different presentation forms, revealing the game process of representation of powers among the coalition between artists, management committee and the government. The paper points out that in fact, the representation of industrial landscape by different actors through different texts is a process that continues to explore and define the value of landscape. However, we need to look at this when the value of the industrial landscape is no longer given by localized life practices, but rather depends on different actors to produce and reproduce the value of landscape by representation, and thereby affecting the sustainable development of industrial landscape. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial landscape; representation; text; power; locality; 798 industrial landscape; representation; text; power; locality; 798
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Dai, J.; Huang, X.; Zhu, H. Interpretation of 798: Changes in Power of Representation and Sustainability of Industrial Landscape. Sustainability 2015, 7, 5282-5303.

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