Shenshan Masterplan International Competition
Location: Shenzhen, China
Program: Waterfront City Design
Client: Development Planning and Land and Resources, Bureau of Shenzhen-Shantou Special Cooperation Zone
Area: 50 km2
Collaborators: Consortium with Urban Strategies and SHDT
Status: International Competition Winner Completed
Our vision for Shenshan is to create one of the most liveable cities in China. How are we going to do this? By bringing to Shenshan, the rich diversity of experiences that people are drawn to in urban life. DiversCity’s DNA will be all about mix: carefully combining uses and activities, creating diverse environments, great architecture, beautiful public spaces, secure, harmonious and physically connected communities which people will want to call home. That chemistry is the key to identity and distinctiveness and it ultimately is what makes a city liveable and competitively positioned to attract and retain future generations of talent. Our vision is based around these essential ambitions.
Our plan builds on the character of the site, taking every opportunity to preserve and enhance its quality of place, through ‘green fingers’ which will permeate each district with a different character, a DiversCity of amenities and special ‘moments’, and act as ecological corridors and ‘lungs’ for the new community. Within this green framework, two primary hubs and six neighbourhood districts are linked through a network of lightrail and bus routes which will ensure that all users are within a five-minute walk from transit. A fine grain network of streets, cycle lanes and walking paths will further strengthen Shenshan’s balanced mobility network. The DiversCity of street types, scales and characters will be reinforced by a diverse approach to built form in accommodating a diverse mix of uses and densities throughout each district.