A Vision for Future Development in Historic District: Greenway Planning, Green Infrastructure Adaptation and Landscape Design in Historic Districts of US and China



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This paper is trying to explore the future development for historic district. “Historic districts” talked in this paper are mostly part of modern cities and have valuable architectures and profuse cultural backgrounds. These historic districts now are legally protected by policies and also by the government, and most of those are involving supremely significant green spaces or greenway systems which can also date hundreds of years ago. However, some of them are still facing serious problem of losing the green patterns of the city and therefore become a scattered puzzle of urban open space system; and some others facing the problem of building facilities decomposed and keep distant to fulfill urban sustainable development. So whether, greenway planning can be adapted to the future development of these historic districts, and can green infrastructure adaptation make their functions to turn the communities green and sustainable? These are the research questions this paper will discuss.

The two study sites that the paper will discuss are Back Bay historic district in Boston, Massachusetts in US and former Concession in Wuhan, China.