University of Amsterdam

Shenzhen is changing from the world’s largest factory to a World City, with a more differentiated economy, diverse population and attractive environment. This is no longer a governance policy, but a new reality coming into existence. In 2013, ten master students of the University of Amsterdam explored social-economic and spatial changes that can be seen as the germs of the ongoing transition. The Urban Geography and Spatial Planning students did research into very different subjects and places. Ranging from the background and ambitions of young migrants in Da Lang with respect to their leisure time to alternatives for the planning process of the redevelopment of Baishizhou urban village; from the activities in public space of young middle class families in high rise to the desires of a growing number of higher educated young migrant workers in an urban village like Baishizhou; and from the conditions for the development of creative environments and the transformation of desolate factories to the role of architecture as a producer of ‘identifiers’ in a fast growing and apparently non-descript new city as Shenzhen. These explorations clearly show that the transition Shenzhen is aiming for is already under way and in a pace much faster than academic research can master. Much of what is reported in academic journals is at the date of publishing outdated already. The discussion on migrant workers and the population of urban villages is one of those examples that need to be revised. This can be of importance to the implementation of alternative strategies for the redevelopment of both urban villages and desolate factory buildings and sites. The social ambitions of young middle class families and their aspirations in upbringing their child(ren) could have consequences for the concept and the design of public domain and collective space.


You can find their master thesis here:

 Marie Krop
Implementation from above. The Conditions for Cultivating the Creative Industry in Shenzhen, China

 Catherine Verbeelen
The Collaboration of Actors in Urban Village Redevelopment Projects in Shenzhen, China

 Lysanne ter Brugge
The outdoor activities of the Chinese middle class families in Shenzhen

 Sean Wang
Value Capture and Non-Financial Compensation in Urban Village Redevelopment in China: An Attempt for a more balanced Value Distribution in Redevelopment

 Floortje Opbroek
Middle-class identity formation and children’s use of public space in Shenzhen, China

 Maurice Veeken
Decisions of migrants in their choice of residence. A case study in Baishizhou village in Shenzhen

 Fabian Koning
The influence of bottom-up organized leisure activities on the social capital of young migrants

 Bas Hendrikse
The impact of work on leisure patterns of Chinese migrant workers

 Yara Jansen
From factory to nursery. Beyond industrialization in Shenzhen: opportunities for former factories


Tutors:

 Chingwen Yang, PhD candidate in Urban Planning, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam

 Arnold Reijndorp, Professor of Socio-Economic and Spatial Development of new urban areas at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam; Han Lammers Chair, University of Amsterdam



Marie Krop - Implementation from above. The Conditions for Cultivating the (...)
Marie Krop - Implementation from above. The Conditions for Cultivating the Creative Industry in Shenzhen


Yara Jansen - From factory to nursery. Beyond industrialization in (...)
Yara Jansen - From factory to nursery. Beyond industrialization in Shenzhen: opportunities for former factories

A redeveloped building which includes a kindergarten



Under the guidance of professor Arnold Reijndorp and Chingwen Yang, 3 master students Urban and Regional Planning and 1 master student Human Geography of the University of Amsterdam will focus on bicycling, the emergence of third places, the social capital of church visitors and the use of planning consultation and design contests, in Guangming New Town and Da Lang Neighborhood in particular.

Students:
 Sjoerd Segijn
 Ruben Cales
 Luc Keller
 Daan Goedkoop

Tutors: 

 Chingwen Yang
PhD candidate in Urban Planning, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam
 Arnold Reijndorp
Professor of Socio-Economic and Spatial Development of new urban areas at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam; Han Lammers Chair, UvA


Sjoerd Segijn
The emergence and role of third places in Dalang Neighborhood, Shenzhen
Places where people regularly come besides their work have proven to play an important functional, social and emotional meaning in Western people’s lives. However, not much is known about the Chinese situation. This research will try to make clear what these so-called third places look like and how they emerge in a highly transitioning neighborhood in Shenzhen: Dalang. In this area, about 90% of the people consist of low-educated migrant workers, although eager to develop themselves personally. What role can third places play in the social and cultural development of these people? And how might we foster the emergence of these places through planning? 

Ruben Cales
Planning consultancies and their role in Shenzhen Low Carbon City
Shenzhen wants to reduce its carbon emission drastically and establish itself as a world leading eco-city. Planning consultancies play an important role in the planning process, either through organized competitions or through collaborations, to reach this goal. This research focuses on the organization of the planning process in regard to consultation and if this contributes to the implementation of the Low Carbon City. Special attention is being paid to the prominent megaprojects of Guangming New Town, Qianhai Bay and Pingdi International Low Carbon City.

Luc Keller
The Catholic Church in Shenzhen: Meeting Point for Migrants
Shenzhen has become a metropolis with almost 15 million inhabitants of which 82% are migrants. This research is about the emergence of Catholic churches in China. In Shenzhen, the churches have become a meeting place for migrants. The biggest church in Shenzhen is called St Anthony’s Catholic church and has an English speaking and a Chinese speaking community. The first one seems to play an important role in building up social networks, while the last one tends to have a bonding function.

Daan Goedkoop
Attitudes Regarding Commuting by Bicycle in Shenzhen
Bicycling is one of the most environmental friendly ways of transportation. But how can its use be promoted? Answering this question requires insight in the motives for people to choose a particular mode of transportation. Previous research has suggested that, in addition to the physical infrastructure and city layout, ‘soft aspects’ such as attitudes and social norms play a large role. However, not much is known about soft aspects and bicycling outside of a Western context. My research tries to fill in this gap a little bit, by investigating how white-collar employees in Shenzhen think about bicycling. The resulting knowledge might also be useful for the development of Guangming New Town.



Daan Goedkoop - Attitudes Regarding Commuting by Bicycle in Shenzhen
Daan Goedkoop - Attitudes Regarding Commuting by Bicycle in Shenzhen


Sjoerd Segijn - The emergence and role of third places in Dalang (...)
Sjoerd Segijn - The emergence and role of third places in Dalang Neighborhood, Shenzhen


Luc Keller - The Catholic Church in Shenzhen: Meeting Point for Migrants
Luc Keller - The Catholic Church in Shenzhen: Meeting Point for Migrants