‘Sustainable’ urban habitats in Shanghai
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This chapter examines three emergent urban forms that interact and contrast with the existing urban fabric. Using both the tripartite concept of economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as the concept of China's urbanism, these three forms of migrant accommodation are explored. The chapter provides a platform, economically, socially and environmentally, for plural urbanisms combining both property and industrial development with acknowledgement and support for those coming to Shanghai to work, live and become new urban citizens. A survey of the contemporary urban mosaic, particularly in terms of housing but with attention both to work (business/labor), commerce and service facilities, is crucial to situating the sustainability of the urban fabric in China. After the ending danwei provision of housing as part of remuneration in 1998, the government plans economical housing and low-rent housing developed through policy is to be the main form of new home acquisitions.