On Friday November 11, MovingCities paid a visit to the Shenzhen Planning Building 深圳规划大厦, designed by Urbanus Architecture & Design 都市实践. Located inside the building is the Shenzhen Center for Design 都市实践, a newly established NGO institute aiming to encourage and promote innovative urban and habitat design. Currently they are organizing the 1-Unit 100-Families 10000-Residents Competition of Affordable Housing Design. Deadline for the competition is near, on Friday November 25, 2011. Background and info.
About the Shenzhen Planning Building 深圳规划大厦
As a forerunner of open reform, the Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau initiated an open-window filing system. As a result, a new architectural expression was needed for its updated civic image. This inspired the concept of an open, transparent, and modest government building. First, the main floor level is flush with the street level to symbolize an accessible government. Second, the transparent façade prevents the feeling of intimidation. Third, the simple massing not only expresses calm, but also has its own elegance and solemnity. (…) The Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau is not only a pioneer in rethinking “the bureaucratic building”, but is also embracing high-quality design to shape a new image of government. This project emphasizes modesty and elegance, resisting the general trend towards over-monumentalized, over-egotistical government architecture.
About the Shenzhen Center for Design 都市实践
Shenzhen Center for Design is a newly established NGO institute aiming to encourage and promote innovative urban and habitat design. It was founded by Shenzhen Planning and Land Resource Bureau and will operate independently as a non-profit organization to combine various resources such as the government, the industry and the commerce, in order to establish a treasury of urban design ideas and to offer services that helps with the communication, education and propagation for design itself and the designers.
Shenzhen 深圳 is not only a frontrunner of open reform, but also in thinking and design the agenda for affordable and social housing in China (a topic we dealt with while organizing and setting up the April 2011 NL-CN Housing workshop in Hangzhou 杭州). The objective of the 1-Unit 100-Families 10000-Residents Competition of Affordable Housing Design-competition goes as follows:
This competition agenda is based on the survey and analysis of the existing chain of operations for affordable housing in China, ranging from policy, planning, design, construction and till eventual management. The scope includes urban strategy and policy studies, community planning and building design, resident’s needs and technology application, but also those dilemmas summarized from previous research like the necessity of large scale construction of social housing, utilization of unoccupied housing and land resource, sustainable flow of funding and housing sources, and building of low-cost living environments.. The competition aims at promoting more systematic design solution for social housing through this event, exploring the position of utilizing design thinking to solve problems.
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