Danceable Cities aka Research on urban dance phenomena in China


Jul 24 2021 • 13 mins

This episode we chat about dance as a consideration in urban design.  In China, millions of residents participate in urban dance as a way to  enhance their health and foster social connection. These groups practice  in parks and ‘waste spaces’ around cities, accompanied often by live  music. However, this practice has run into some resistance from the  central and city governments. Complaints of too much noise have forced  cities to ban these dancing retirees to parking lots and bridge  underpasses. But the dancers persist, sometimes as an act of resistance.  We unpack all that an more this episode of STEMS and Leaves.


Designing the Danceable City: How Residents in Beijing Cultivate Health and Community Ties Through Urban Dance’ by Caroline Chen

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