IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(11): 944-947 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.584

Environmental Implications of Privatised Public Space in Gated Residential Neighbourhood: Case Study of China‟s Small Residential District

Wu Deng, Ali Cheshmehzangi, and Tong Yang
Abstract—Gated neighbourhood is well-defined by enclosed walls and gates with clear physical boundaries. The most distinctive feature of gated neighbourhoods is that their public spaces are normally privatised. The construction and operation of the public space within a gated neighbourhood consumes energy and resources, and sequentially has impacts on the environment. This paper argues such environmental impacts from the construction and operation of the public space should be also “privatised”, i.e. it should be jointly owned by all property owners of a gated neighbourhood. Through examining a case study neighbourhood in China, this research indicates the environmental outcomes due to the privatisation of the public space cannot be ignored. De-privatising the public space from gated neighbourhoods through sound urban planning can help to improve environmental sustainability as well as social sustainability in tandem.

Index Terms—Environmental outcomes, China’s small residential district, gated neighbourhood, privatised public space.

The authors are with the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China (e-mail: Wu.Deng@nottingham.edu.cn, Ali.Cheshmehzangi@nottingham.edu.cn, Tong.Yang@nottingham.edu.cn).

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Cite: Wu Deng, Ali Cheshmehzangi, and Tong Yang, " Environmental Implications of Privatised Public Space in Gated Residential Neighbourhood: Case Study of China‟s Small Residential District," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 944-947, 2015.

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