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INTI’s exhibition at the Biennale in Shenzhen presents the results of urban planning workshops in Guangming

INTI’s exhibition “Checklist or Reality Check? Research by design in Guangming New Town” will open on December 23 at the seventh Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB) in China, which is themed “Cities Grow in Difference”. Curated by Linda Vlassenrood (INTI) in collaboration with Markus Appenzeller (MLA+), it will present the results of four urban planning workshops between 2015-2017 as part of our advisory role for the urban planning department of Guangming New Town.

Chinese urban planning is still a top-down process

The dense informal urbanism of Shenzhen’s urban villages testifies to the urgency of introducing an alternative planning approach. Taking up 5% of the city’s area, these peripheral villages house 50% of the city’s population, housing those who moved to the city but cannot afford to live in its centre. As in other Chinese cities, urban development is still a top-down process with little communication between various departments and design experts, and with limited participation from local stakeholders such as inhabitants or companies.

A more inclusive planning approach

In 2015, Guangming New Town – one of the four New Towns in the area outside Shenzhen – asked INTI to act as advisors for the city’s urban planning department. Our consultant team introduced a multidisciplinary design approach, developing strategic frameworks for large-scale urban projects and strengthening the municipality’s capacity by giving guidelines for directing, monitoring and testing projects, and implementing development processes with the involvement of many different stakeholders.

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Info about the street image: Guangming’s current bike system is disrupted by crossings and dead ends, and is often blocked by parked cars.


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