The Changing Shopping Space in Georgia : The Influence from the Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture Across Boundaries
Place of PublicationDubai
PublisherKnowledge E
Pages120-133
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Publication series

NameKnE Social Sciences
PublisherKnowledge E
Volume2019
ISSN (Electronic)2518-668X

Conference

Title2019 International Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries
LocationXi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
PlaceChina
CitySuzhou
Period19 - 21 June 2019

Abstract

The Caucasus region is where the east meets the west and is known as an area in which conflicts and opportunities occur simultaneously. The development of this region used to be constricted by its geographic and political conditions. However, due to advancements in transport and the dissolution of Soviet Union, the Caucasus region has become a strategic region for development. 
This research focuses on Georgia in Caucasus due to the country’s intimate relationships with many European and Asian countries. In addition, China announced that it will invest more infrastructure and capital in Georgia. Due to the influence of the Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (B&R), Georgia is currently undergoing many changes, despite discussions focusing on political or economic perspectives. 
With the global free market and the Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, Georgia seeks to increase its economic development. Shopping space is one of the most affected spaces of development. Attributes such as the placement of shops can be analysed to indicate the change of internal public space, as shops become very Chinese style and the traditional Georgian shopping spaces gradually disappear due to the constant chasing of cash flows. As a pilot study, this research hopes to uncover potentials and threats of shopping space development in Georgia, and it aims to discover the underlying principles for the changes. Mapping and case studies are employed in the investigation. The research hopes to contribute to a healthy urban development by finding the balance between economic and spatial development.

Research Area(s)

  • Georgia, China, ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, Balance between Economy and Space, Healthy Urban Development

Citation Format(s)

The Changing Shopping Space in Georgia : The Influence from the Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. / Cai, Xiaolei ; Jaillon, Lara Celine ; Xue, Charlie Q. L.

International Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries. Dubai : Knowledge E, 2019. p. 120-133 (KnE Social Sciences; Vol. 2019).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)