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Old June 20th, 2012, 11:41 AM   #621
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Beautiful, inspiring, ambitious designs.

I browse through the various China threads and just shake my head at the scope, scale and design.

Most people in the rest of the world really have no idea was is transpiring in China, surely few Americans do...
Unless if they browse online for such developments...
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Old June 21st, 2012, 04:54 AM   #622
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Qianhai could use ‘simplicity’: HK team

SHENZHEN could take advantage of its legislative rights to simplify rules and regulations concerning the development of Qianhai, current affairs experts from Hong Kong said yesterday.

The Hong Kong delegation was invited by the Guangdong publicity authority to visit and exchange ideas on Qianhai’s development.

A 15-square-kilometer coastal strip in Nanshan District, Qianhai was named in the 12th national five-year program and will be developed as a hub for the modern service industries of Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

“Qianhai could employ a simple market-access regulation for modern service enterprises. For example, since there are two totally different tax systems in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland, Qianhai could adopt the same tax system as Hong Kong, which features simplicity and a comparatively lower tax rate. By doing this, more foreign capital would be expected to be drawn to Qianhai,” said Chan Yan-chong, an associate professor in the department of management sciences at City University of Hong Kong. “In addition, Qianhai could accept professional certifications from Hong Kong, such as certifications for lawyers and doctors, to attract Hong Kong professionals to get involved in the development of Qianhai.”

Chan was part of the delegation that visited Qianhai, which is undergoing infrastructure construction.

Chan said many large mainland enterprises have chosen to get listed in Hong Kong because of a mature supervision system in Hong Kong’s financial circles, which could be adopted by Qianhai as an innovation for its own financial system.

Chan added that the development of Qianhai could create more investment opportunities for Hong Kong and provide more employment opportunities for its professionals.

While Chan called for simplified regulations, policy wonk Chu Kar-kin said the different policies concerning land and administration between Hong Kong and Shenzhen might create barriers for Qianhai’s development.

Like Chu, many delegation members said detailed, clear policies and regulations concerning the development of Qianhai should be a priority.

“All of the cities in the Pearl River Delta should cooperate with each other, instead of competing with each other, to boost the development of Qianhai and create a united force to compete with modern service hubs in Southeast Asia,” Chu said.

Next year will see a marked acceleration of Qianhai’s construction, as well as large-scale development, according to Zhou Ziyou, vice head of the Qianhai administration.

“We are expecting preferential policies from the Central Government,” Zhou said.

Zhou said “in principle, no real estate projects would (yet) be introduced to Qianhai because of their speculative nature.”

Qianhai will focus on the development of finance, science, technology, modern logistics and information services. A detailed, comprehensive development plan is being drafted.

Qianhai’s first 16 projects will break ground this year, according to the administration.

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Old June 24th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #623
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Standards to regulate affordable housing
2012-June-21 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

AFFORDABLE housing in Shenzhen should be no larger than 88 square meters per unit and the apartments should be located near bus or Metro stations, according to new standards released by the city’s civil affairs bureau.

The standards list four types of affordable housing. Type A includes 35-square-meter apartments with one or two rooms. Type B includes 50-square-meter apartments with three rooms. Type C apartments are 65 square meters and have three rooms, with potential to add a fourth. Type D apartments have four rooms totaling 80 square meters.

Each type can be built with up to 10 percent more, or less, space than specified.

At least 80 percent of Shenzhen’s newly built affordable housing should fall into one of the four types, the bureau said. The remaining affordable homes can be constructed according to land conditions, but the maximum area can’t exceed 88 square meters, according to the standards.

Civil affairs officials said affordable housing should be close to public transportation facilities. The standards require proximities of 500 meters and 800 meters for a bus station and a Metro station, respectively. If public transportation is scarce in an affordable housing area, a taxi station should be available at the building’s entrance.

Under the new standards, decorating materials must be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. High-energy or heavy-polluting materials are not allowed. Decorating materials that are durable and convenient for repair and replacement are required for all public areas in affordable housing developments.

During interior design and decoration, each apartment’s air quality should be tested and evaluated so construction companies can choose materials accordingly.
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Huaqiangbei to expand underground

FUTIAN District’s Hua-qiangbei, one of China’s most well-known trading areas for electronics, plans to expand underground.
Shenzhen officials plan to develop four levels of commercial activity to create an “Underground Huaqiangbei,” according to the city’s urban planning, land and resource commission.
Underground areas along Huaqiang Road North and Zhenxing Road will be the primary spots for development, commission officials said. Parking garages will be built in nearby underground areas to relieve traffic burdens.
Areas beneath bus stops, high-rises and landmark buildings will be developed into three or four subterranean stories, according to the plan, while areas beneath other buildings will be two stories. The first and second underground stories, within 200 meters of Metro stations, will be commercial and service centers, for pedestrian use. The third and fourth, or deepest, stories will be used for parking, Metro lines and municipal purposes.
With a total area of about 186 hectares, the sites planned for development sprawl beneath Sungang Road West, Hongli Road, Huaqiang Road North, Shangbu Road Central, Shennan Road Central, Huafu Road and the east side of Shenzhen Central Park.
The city also plans to build three kindergartens, six community health centers, five public parking garages and eight public bathrooms in the area, above ground. The plan recommends construction of bike lanes along Shennan Road Central, Sungang Road West, the north section of Huaqiang Road North, Hongli Road, Shangbu Road Central and Huaxin Road.
The plan also encourages stewardship of the area’s industrial culture and historical buildings, with preservation of the Shanghai Hotel, Shenzhen Electronics Building, Sichuan Building and Hualian Building.
The city’s urban planning, land and resources commission is accepting public comments on the plan until July 20. Residents can visit www.szpl.gov.cn for details.


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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:14 AM   #625
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Tram considered to link airport, Metro

THE city’s rail construction office is considering a tram to ferry passengers between the Terminal 3 (T3) building of Shenzhen International Airport and the Airport East Station of Metro Line 1.
Bao’an District officials were quoted by yesterday’s Shenzhen Evening News as saying that the tram’s construction could be divided into two phases. The first route would link the terminal with the Metro, and the second route would link the Shenzhen airport with the Shajing Subdistrict center.
The tram would operate like a regular bus, providing convenience to passengers and residents, the Evening News reported.
The airport authority said the size of terminal buildings will be tripled when the T3 building opens during the 2013 Spring Festival. Three Metro lines, two intercity rails and three expressways will be connected with the airport area.
A development plan for the Sungang-Qingshuihe area, jointly released by the city’s planning authority and Luohu District Government, said the area plans to introduce tram service connecting with Metro stations in the future.
Metro lines 7 and 9 will provide service to the area, with three stations.
Construction of Metro Line 7 started late last year. The line will open by the end of 2015, with Honglingbei, Sungan and Honghu stations serving the Sungang-Qingshuihe area. Metro Line 9, from Xiasha to Shenzhen Railway Station, will connect with Metro Line 7 at Honglingbei Station.
Zhao Penglin, head of Shenzhen’s rail construction office, said tram service is necessary for the city’s development. A resident surnamed Lin said tram service at Shenzhen’s airport would greatly reduce the time needed to get from the Metro to a flight.
“It now takes 10 minutes to walk to the T2 building and much more time to the T3 building. If tram service is introduced, it would save a lot of time and bring a lot of convenience,” Lin said.


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Old June 26th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #626
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Futian installing Wi-Fi network
2012-June-25 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

RESIDENTS will be able to surf the Internet in most of Futian District by the end of November, after 881 public Wi-Fi access points are installed in the area.

Futian District Government has signed an agreement with Shenzhen branches of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to build a wireless network covering most of the district.

The network will first cover 100 commercial buildings that house the headquarters of local Fortune 500 companies and well-known international and domestic enterprises. Sixty-three of those buildings contribute more than 100 million yuan (US$16 million) in taxes to the district annually.

During the plan’s second phase, network access points will be installed in the district’s industrial parks, popular commercial areas and other buildings. The third phase will add Wi-Fi to public service locations including administrative offices, hospitals, community clinics, cultural sites and transportation venues.

The entire project includes installation of about 2,500 public Wi-Fi hotspots and 300,000 residential hotspots across the district. Wireless network coverage will exceed 80 percent of the area and benefit more than 1.5 million residents.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #627
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HONG KONG, June 29 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council, or cabinet, has agreed to build a pilot zone in Shenzhen's Qianhai area near Hong Kong, with a series of special incentive policies, Zhang Xiaoqiang, deputy minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission, said here Friday.
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A DISTRICT in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, which is only an hour's drive from Hong Kong, has been chosen as an experimental business zone for better interaction with Hong Kong's financial and modern service industries, the State Council, China's Cabinet, announced yesterday.

It was the latest in a raft of new policies to strengthen cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong ahead of the island city's 15th anniversary of its return to the motherland.

Qianhai District, a 15-square-kilometer economic zone dubbed as the Pearl River Delta's Manhattan, will benefit from a set of new policies to accelerate the yuan's globalization and closer ties with Hong Kong.

The policies cover the areas of finance, tax, legal affairs, human resources, education, health care and telecom.

The State Council said it will support the district in rolling out pilot programs of innovative cross-border yuan trading and cross-border loans, and will encourage companies in Qianhai to issue bonds in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, an equity fund will be set up in Qianhai to help Hong Kong companies move into the mainland.

Overseas financial institutions will receive government support if they establish international or regional headquarters in Qianhai, the Cabinet said.

"It is a valuable step to strengthen ties between the mainland and Hong Kong," said Yang Yuting, an economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group. "Banks in Hong Kong now can directly lend to mainland companies and mainland people, a move that will help deepen the offshore yuan business and accelerate the yuan's globalization."

Timothy Tse, chief executive officer of Value Partners, a Hong Kong-based asset management company, said the move will benefit both Hong Kong and the mainland. "For the asset management industry in particular, this opens up possibilities of offering more yuan investment products in future, which will help yuan holders to diversify their investment choices."
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Old July 4th, 2012, 12:18 AM   #628
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I have a curiosity...
are there many people living in shenzhem but work in hong kong?
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I have a curiosity...
are there many people living in shenzhem but work in hong kong?
Not typical as mainland Chinese are not allowed to work in Hong Kong unless they have the proper visas. Hong Kongers living in China face a very long commute with border-crossing, deterring residents from living in Shenzhen.
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City’s longest tunnel to open next March
2012-July-6 08:53
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A 4.83-KILOMETER tunnel said to be the longest in Shenzhen will open next March and is expected to cut the driving time from Baguang to Kuichong, both in Longgang District, from 30 minutes to seven.

The tunnel on Kuiba Road will be the second-longest road tunnel in Guangdong Province, construction officials with the municipal transport commission said Wednesday.

The 5.81-kilometer Kuiba Road is still under construction and will have two tunnels. The 4.83-km No. 2 tunnel will account for 83 percent of the road’s length.

“When the new road is put into use at the end of next year, drivers will not only pay less for tolls but also save 20 minutes on a single trip for sightseeing in Baguang,” said Cai Xin, a city construction official who’s familiar with the project.

Kuiba Road will link Yan’an Road in Kuichong Subdistrict in the west with Baguang Emerging Industry Park in the east, with a two-way, four-lane road. Construction of the road started in 2010. Kuiba Road is expected to play a big role in the development of tourism and new industries in the Baguang area, according to the transport commission.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 10:12 AM   #631
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From 30 minutes to 7? That's indeed not bad
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KK100/京基中心

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Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: Kingkey Group
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Tower height: 441.8 m
GFA: 210,000 sqm
Completed: September 2011
Photographs: Carsten Schael, Fu Xing, Jonathan Leijonhufvud

KK100, the tallest building in the world completed in 2011, is an innovative high density project that takes an entirely new approach to city making. It is situated on the edge of Shenzhen’s CBD and sets a new precedent for the successful 21st century transformation of commercial districts into vibrant and enriching environments. The 3.6-hectare site was previously occupied by a dense but low-rise residential quarter, Caiwuwei Village. The developer had the creative vision to form a company with the villagers, initiating an entirely new approach to the art of place-making in Shenzhen.

Existing buildings were run down and living conditions were poor. As part of initiating this transformation, a Joint Development Initiative was formed in which villagers became stakeholders. Each owner was offered a new property as well as a second home which serves as an income generating asset. This meant the preservation of community links that are built over generations. In order to offset the cost of re-provisioning residences for the villagers, the tower had to be exceptionally tall so that the project could be financially viable.

The 100-storey, 441.8-metre tower comprising over 210,000m2 of accommodation is part of the master plan for a 417,000m2 mixed-use development. The development includes five residential buildings and two commercial buildings. The floors of the tower are divided into three major functions. The floors from level 4 to 72 will house 173,000m2 of Grade-A office space while the uppermost levels from 75 to 100 will be occupied by a 35,000m2 6-star St. Regis hotel complete with a cathedral-like glazed sky-garden animated by various activities. One of the design features is the curving building profile. This form alludes to a spring or fountain and is intended to connote the wealth and prosperity of Shenzhen.

The perimeter column arrangement provides each level with an unobstructed working environment and stunning views towards Lizhi and Renmin Park as well as over all Shenzhen and beyond. It does not use the typical square foot print; the East / West façades being more slender and flared slightly so office floor plates are slightly bigger and the South / North façades that face Hong Kong and the Maipo marshes are wider. The slenderness brings certain challenges, most notably the swing or drift ratio and the robustness of the tower and performance of key elements. Instead of putting generators on top of the building, the roof is constituted by a curved smooth glazed curtain wall and steel structure.

As well as providing social and cultural continuity, KK100 is integrated with the metropolitan transport network, which is crucial for a high density project such as this. The connectivity between the various components of the master plan on various levels was critical; the tower is integrated with the podium on various levels while retail and public uses at lower levels are integrated with the Metro system; the residential blocks are linked at the higher levels to create easier neighbourhood accessibility while direct office and hotel connections are also provided for easier movement of people. The Tower serves as a ‘’Mini-city” which provides an amenity-rich focal point back to the community, offering a 24-hour city-life to be better for the environment and human interaction.


























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^ There was a special thread in the Supertalls section about that building and it has been closed and archived as the tower was completed and opened months ago.
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More kitchen waste plants planned
2012-July-3 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

THERE will be at least one treatment plant for restaurants’ kitchen waste in every Shenzhen district by 2014, city officials said last week, as part of a series of new food safety regulations.

Six plants are now under construction or in planning and more will begin the development process in the near future, Xu Youjun, director of the city’s market supervision administration, said during a food safety meeting held by the city’s Municipal People’s Congress.

The city government also has approved a regulation that creates a system for collecting, transporting and treating restaurants’ food waste and controlling the disposal of swill oil.

In addition, stricter measures will be introduced regarding the management and uses of food additives. Restaurants and food production companies will regularly hold professional training sessions regarding waste disposal, and residents are encouraged to inform the administration of illegal activities involving food additives, Xu said.

Futian and Luohu districts are planning to establish food and farm produce examination organizations, part of the local government’s plans to add examination centers in communities across Shenzhen.

The city also will implement a third-party examination system that encourages authorized examination companies to open branches in Shenzhen and participate in the improvement of local food quality.
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Kingkey to renovate Caiwuwei



NEARLY 90 percent of shareholders for the urban village stock company of Caiwuwei, a financial hub in Luohu District, have agreed to select Shenzhen-based developer Kingkey Group to renovate the village.

Kingkey previously developed the city’s tallest building, the Kingkey 100, also in Luohu. The Caiwuwei village renovation will cover 120,000 square meters and include the demolition of a landmark hotel, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday, citing district reconstruction bureau chief Wang Cefei.

The village improvements will be part of Kingkey’s massive renovation project covering the entire Caiwuwei area, bordered by the Mixc shopping center to the east, Hongling Road to the west, Binhe Road to the south and Hongbao Road to the north.

Wang said the area’s renovation is the highlight of Luohu’s ongoing efforts to turn itself into an international consumption center. The area will host top international fashion institutions and brands, Wang added.

The renovations will include demolition of the Hotel Oriental Regent, which used to be one of Shenzhen’s 10 signature buildings. The Regent is expected to be replaced by a new landmark structure, the Daily said.

District officials plan to invest 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) in the next five years to renovate five major areas: Caiwuwei, Sungang-Qingshuihe, Shuibei-Buxin, Shennandong and Liantang. The 48 renovation projects will add a total of 7.5 million square meters of commercial and industrial space, earlier reports by local Chinese-language newspapers said.


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Qianhai to pilot China’s financial ambitions

SHENZHEN, a pioneer of economic reforms but long in the shadow of Hong Kong, is plotting another bold ploy: a US$45 billion “Manhattan of South China” to return it to the limelight and aid China’s rise as a financial power.
On a barren stretch of reclaimed land in western Shenzhen and near the Hong Kong border, the Central Government plans to build another financial services hub from scratch in Qianhai, offering the low taxes, rigorous legal regime and anticorruption vigilance enjoyed by its affluent neighbor.
For Hong Kong, the project could bring fresh business opportunities and bolster its position as China’s financial window on the global markets.

Now a metropolis of 14 million people crammed with ports and skyscrapers and home to Chinese corporate goliaths such as carmaker BYD and telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen was no more than a bucolic backwater of 30,000 villagers living off paddy fields and the sea in 1980.
Dachanwan Port in Qianhai. SD-Agencies
Shenzhen’s stock market, while smaller than its Shanghai counterpart, has become the most active global IPO center on a wave of domestic listings, eclipsing London and Hong Kong.
Despite giant economic strides in the past two decades, China’s still difficult and fickle business environment needs to mature into one of greater openness and legal rigor, foreign investors say, and those are elements that have long been part of Hong Kong’s institutional and commercial fabric.
Qianhai, which will focus on finance, logistics and IT services and is set for completion in 2020, would allow the mainland to leverage Hong Kong’s expertise.
Through close cooperation with Hong Kong, Qianhai will forge an “innovative financial reform program”, Zhang Jianmin, an official with China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, said in June.
Cao Hailei, an official of the Qianhai Authority overseeing the project, said he hoped to establish a new arbitration court with juries partly comprised of Hong Kong residents to settle commercial disputes, addressing common concerns among Hong Kong and foreign investors toward the vagaries of Chinese law.
Hong Kong officials have publicly backed the Qianhai project, offering expertise on financial markets and legal systems.
They see it as a key part of the rapidly expanding conglomeration of cities in the Pearl River Delta, which comprises much of Guangdong Province and is often called the world’s workshop for its concentration of export-oriented manufacturers. The region, along with Hong Kong and Macao, has a combined GDP exceeding the Netherlands and nearly the size of Australia.
“Hong Kong is suffering from limited land supply,” said Thomas Chan, head of the China Business Center at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
“With the help of Qianhai, (Hong Kong) could expand some of its financial business across the border. In fact, this is what the mainland planners have in mind. The 15 square-kilometer area is twelve times the size of Hong Kong’s central district.”
Qianhai will be largely self-financed by bank loans, bonds and revenue from land-use rights of the area, as well as codevelopment projects, Cao said, with infrastructure development costs estimated at 285 billion yuan (US$44.8 billion).
Analysts say the project’s endorsement from senior officials in Beijing should reduce the risk of any financing difficulties even as China’s credit environment tightens.


Highlights of Qianhai
A map shows the location of Qianhai in western Shenzhen. SD-Agencies
◎ Qianhai to issue yuan bonds in Hong Kong
◎ Qianhai to serve as an offshore yuan “experimental zone”
◎ Eligible firms to enjoy preferential 15 percent corporate tax rate
◎ China may allow cross-border loans in Qianhai
◎ Qianhai equity investment “parent” fund to be established
◎ Hong Kong investors to be allowed to open private international schools in Qianhai
◎ Hong Kong and Macao companies will be allowed to operate wholly owned telecommunications firms in Qianhai





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A Special Economic Zone within a Special Economic Zone....nice.
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Urban regeneration of Sungang and Qingshuihe areas

The areas Sungang and Qingshuihe form part of Luohu district, one of the city centers of Shenzhen. Both have become outdated since the warehouse and storage facilities there cannot fulfill contemporary needs anymore. Despite the vanishing importance as logistic center, rich urban life has established itself at its fringes and gradually infiltrates the area. For the urban regeneration of the total 540 ha site, KCAP does not propose a finite regeneration masterplan plan, as is common practice in China, but a framework for development with a set of strategies. They set out the direction of development and resolving the most important problems and questions.
The approach is based on the acceptance of the current urban condition as a starting point. Instead of grand projects, the design introduces a series of measures and projects to be integrated in the existing fabric. With respect for the partly unused built environment, significant road and rail infrastructure, large open spaces and the topography of the site. the framework will continue the urban history of Shenzhen as the result of pragmatism succeeding over monumentality.
The plan defines, based on detailed typological studies, zones of different scale and transformation potential. In a separate study, new programs have been defined, that are based on the already established fine grain of economic networks but bring them to a higher level of profile and economic importance. Next to design, creation, management and sale of fashion, the focus will lie on industrial and furniture design as well as media and film industry. This economic profile will be complemented by high quality housing and a chain of public buildings. In its positioning the area will not only play an important role as the extension of Luohu district center, but also as a creative gateway to and from Hongkong.

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KCAP wins urban regeneration competition in Shenzhen, China
03 May 2011
http://www.kcap.eu/en/news/2011/kcap...shenzhen_china

KCAP Architects&Planners win the international competition for the regeneration of the Sungang and Qingshuihe areas in Shenzhen. The international jury of urban planning experts awarded the proposal of KCAP with the first prize out of a group of 9 teams in the first and 5 teams in the second phase of the competition. The brief asked for one masterplan for the regeneration of both areas, with respect for the partly unused built environment, significant road and rail infrastructure, large open spaces and the topography of the site.
The areas Sungang and Qingshuihe form part of Luohu district, one of the city centers of Shenzhen. Both have become outdated since the warehouse and storage facilities there cannot fulfill contemporary needs anymore. Despite the vanishing importance as logistic center, rich urban life has established itself at its fringes and gradually infiltrates the area.
KCAP does not propose a finite regeneration masterplan, as is common practice in China, but a framework for development with a set of strategies. The approach is based on the acceptance of the current urban condition as a starting point. Instead of grand projects, the design introduces a series of measures and projects to be integrated in the existing fabric.
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