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Social interactions in Chinese parks : a walk in Lu Xun Park

Lawson, Gill M. (2010) Social interactions in Chinese parks : a walk in Lu Xun Park. In International Congress 2010 Healthy Parks Healthy People, 11 - 16 April 2010, Melbourne, Vic..

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Abstract

What can we learn from Chinese parks and Chinese people? We took a walk through Lu Xun Park, one of Shanghai’s most popular parks. Here hundreds of people participate in dozens of physical and mental exercises that are considered to be essential for good health and fitness. We found that the most successful spaces for social interaction and inclusiveness were not just coded for ‘doing’ a diverse range of activities but also for ‘showing’ those activities. This dual role of park spaces could be given greater design consideration in encouraging occupants of small households in Australia to make greater use of public parks in the future.

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ID Code: 37703
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Landscape Design, Social Code, Chinese Landscapes
ISBN: 9780646537061
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 please consult the author
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2010 09:50
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:17

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