Suzhou, CHINA

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In Wujang District of Suzhou, HUL approach was implemented for sustainable management during a landscape transformation process. Engagement of the locals, conservation policies, implementation of pedesterian paths and the conversion programme paved the way for supporting the local economy and preserving the local memory.


10,578,700 prefecture level (2013); The Village of Shuang Wan Cun 2,500


1,177 km²


Top down imposition of agricultural land use change; gradual decline of textile activities; degradation of the public realm; abandonment of traditional housing


Project: 2015 – 2016; Conversion of the landscape: until 2019


International, National and Local regulation.


Local Government of Shuang Wan Cun

Workshop in partnership with:

ILAUD – The International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design,

South China University of Technology,

Tongji University,

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University-XIJTLU (Department of Urban planning & Design and Architecture)


[2014] Memorandum of Understanding between the Research Institute of Urbanisation and UNESCO-WHITRAP

[2015] Agreement of cooperation between the local government of Shuang Wan and the Research Institute of Urbanisation at XJTLU to study forms of sustainable local development and adopting the HUL approach

[2015] WHITRAP Pilot city (May)

[2015] Submission of the preliminary scheme of development to the upper administrative level (Wujiang District)

[2015] Implementation of the system of ‘green roads’


law-book1A case of HUL application in China. Scenarios for future sustainable rural development in Shuang Wan Cun -­‐ Wujiang District – Suzhou

play-button TEDxSuzhou Talk by Christian Nolf (2017)

open-magazine The HUL Guidebook: A practical guide to UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (2016) 

open-magazine  Verdini, G., Frassoldati, F., Nolf, C. (2016). Reframing China’s heritage conservation discourse. Learning by testing civic engagement tools in a historic rural village. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 23(4), 317-334.


Christian Nolf

Giulio Verdini

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