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Title:Chinese American cultural identity in the urban landscape: Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Author(s):Zhang, Yue
Contributor(s):Harwood, Stacy A.; Li, Chuo
Department / Program:Landscape Architecture
Discipline:Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chinese identity
Chinese community
urban landscape
Abstract:When the New City Rezoning Plan of Manhattan was approved in 2008, it intensified the conflict over living conditions between Chinese tenants and landowners in New York’s Chinatown. As a result of rising real estate prices and loss of small business services, great numbers of Chinese residents and businesses have moved out to new communities, such as Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This thesis applies descriptive methods to compare and contrast several historical communities that are similar to Sunset Park, and then evaluates the impact of landscape and other elements in urban design on their community identity. This thesis compares Chinese communities in: 1) central and suburban Toronto, Canada; 2) central and suburban Los Angeles; and 3) Chicago, Illinois. Each of these communities has weathered stresses from gentrification and/or urban redevelopment processes. This research examines how those Chinatowns were able to revitalize without losing their unique cultural character and identity. In particular, the role of landscape amenities and urban landscape design in this process is examined, in order to understand if and how particular site-scale strategies, techniques and impacts of landscape can support longer-term cultural sustainability of diversified communities. This study applies those lessons to the new formed Chinese community at Sunset Park to illustrate a variety of ways that landscape design might contribute to sustainable development there.
Issue Date:2015-04-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Yue Zhang
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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