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My understanding of urban gentrification

After choosing a topic for my thesis, in my recent search for information, I found that the information I found always involved addressing the negative effects of urban gentrification.Also the design examples I found were all about urban regeneration, street revitalisation and other schemes. After reading this documentation, I also intend to set my design goals to address the negative effects of urban gentrification, through culturally based renovation and new design. Revitalising old streets and optimising internal urban connections.

I began by asking the following questions questions:

What are the reasons behind urban gentrification and what are the negative effects on the city and its citizens?

What are the factors that influence urban gentrification?

How to address the negative effects of urban gentrification.

In general, The concept of urban gentrification has been around for a long time and its negative effects have been known for a long time, but it still affects cities all over the world today.

Urban gentrification is a concept in a wide field, not only in the city, but also as a social issue with political and policy relevance.

It is a product of the development of the city. Although it has brought many challenges and negative effects. But it also has its own validity and certain positive effects. So it cannot be simply judged as good or bad, but neither can it be ignored as a negative influence, which can cause greater harm to the city’s society and its citizens.

for my topic I did the following research.

This includes the experiences of other cities that have effectively reduced the negative impacts of gentrification and how they have implemented it in their specific urban designs. And Gentrification is at the forefront of neoliberal urbanism. Urbanisation has gone global and is intertwined with the process of globalisation. With globalisation, gentrification is no longer confined to inner cities or first world metropolises.

The groups most affected by gentrification are the grassroots and low-income groups who are forced to move to other areas because of urbanisation. The reason for this is that the areas where they were living have been transformed into other residential areas, commercial areas, office space or industrial areas, etc. The way of life and the way of consumption in these areas is completely different from what it used to be.
So, can these transformations be carried out at the same time. without destroying the habits of the grassroots as much as possible. It becomes crucial to reduce the negative effects of gentrification.


  • van Weesep (1994). Gentrification is deeply rooted in social dynamics and economic trends. the physical and the social characteristics of the neighborhoods in question.
  • Chris Hamnett (1997). Gentrification poses a major challenge to the traditional theories of residential location and social structure.
  • David Harvey (2000). Commonly, convention centers, new stadiums and festival marketplaces were built and warehouses along rivers were redeveloped as shopping and leisure complexes.
  • Davidson and Lees (2005). gentrification “blue-print” is being mass-produced, mass-marketed, and mass-consumed around the world. As the urban-rural dichotomy has broken down … as a significant part of the world has become increasingly urbanized and desirous of an urban(e) lifestyle.

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