The World Crafts and Folk Art City has been selected by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network since 2004, and Jingdezhen has been included in the list thanks to its porcelain-making tradition and contemporary heritage. As one of the first Chinese craft cities to be selected, Jingdezhen today attracts many ceramic enthusiasts and visitors to the city with its many ceramic streets. An exploration of the design approach to ceramic streets in Jingdezhen helps architects and urban designers to understand how to design the space in urban streets highlighted by crafts, while suggesting new possibilities for the integrated use of architectural heritage and cultural heritage. In order to reveal the spatial design patterns of such craft streets, the paper takes a number of ceramic streets in Jingdezhen, China, as examples, and uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, combined with specific tools such as literature combing, historical maps, Point of Interest (POI) and architectural form analysis, to summarize the spatial design characteristics of ceramic streets and distil spatial elements and design methods from them. The study found that the distribution of ceramic streets is closely related to the historical distribution of ceramic factories; the street space consists of spatial elements such as temporary stalls, shops along the street, creative parks or factories; most of today’s ceramic streets have been stripped of their production space.
PhD Candidate, Architecture, Tsinghua University, China
Ceramic street, Urban design, POI, Spatial analysis, Design elements