Chinese University of Hong Kong

Making New Towns in a New Town
Bridging the Paradoxes of Hyper-Density and Livability, Mega-Structure and Granularity, Retro-Futurism and Preservation

The primary case study presented here is Luohu and its recent urban redevelopment projects. The current proposal under consideration by the city increases the FAR of the new development areas from 4.5 to 9. Such rapid and brutal mega-scale development is considered to be the only solution to compensate the extremely high financial loss from compensating the existing residents. The main research focus was to identify the key features of the urban villages, industrial areas and commercial developments that should be maintained, cultivated, and built upon during the transformation process. Moreover, the research also analyzed different market forces and the will of the government to virtually guarantee full-scale modernization of each village site within the decade.

The four intervention sites were CEPA Plaza (business district), Sungang (industrial area), Hubei Village (urban village) and Dongmen (commercial district).

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 CHAN Kin Wang Kenneth 陳建宏

 CHEUNG Yuen Ching Angus 張淵清

 LAU Yeuk Ming Sue 劉若鳴

 LEE Siu Ki Jason 李肇淇

 LEE Wai Shing Simon 李偉誠

 LI Shanchao Cris 李善超

 MAK Chiu Fung Gary 麥潮鋒

 MAK Ka Ming Eric 麥嘉銘

 SO Kwong Tat Peter 蘇廣達

 AU Yong Wen Li Clifford


 Tat Lam: Adjunct Assistant Professor School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
 Travis Bunt: Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Other Shenzhen
Searching for Identity of Da Lang, Shenzhen

Behind the grand, glorious and glamorous side of Shenzhen, there is the other Shenzhen that we try to understand and accept: messy, chaotic and fragmented. Da Lang is a representative of The Other Shenzhen, not because of its absence of history, but because it thinks its own unique history has no value. Da Lang has tried very hard to be like others and has become a global village with no identity instead. The focus of this MArch studio at CUHK is to redefine a new and better identity for Da Lang through design. How to redefine a new and better identity for Da Lang? What does “new, better and different” imply and for “whom”? Urban design and architecture are used as tools to investigate the limits and capacities of the city, to explore new social and cultural relations and to search for a morphological expression of a social innovative system for the not-so-far future of Da Lang.

 CHEUNG Yuen Ching Angus
 CHOI Shing Hei Vincent
 SHUM Winnie Wing Lay
 TSANG Cheuk Man Kathleen
 WANG Xin feng Ethan

Doreen Liu: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong