6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

250 Holcim Awards Gold 2014 Latin America: Articulated Site – Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia Global Holcim Awar s finalist 2021 The miraculous story of Shenzhen tells of how, within 40 years, a sleepy fishing village has become a technologically leading and vibrant metropolis with a population of around 13 million.This story is accurate only in part. Yuxing Zhang of the architecture firm ARCity Office points out that Shenzhen was by no means insignificant. “The area of present-day Shenzhen has a very long history dating back to the Han Dynasty, which lasted for about 400 years until 220 AD, and is still visible in numerous historic sites. Many of the old villages consumed by the present-day Shenzhen have survived amid the modern development.” Building on this heritage is the project “Rejuvenation of Shajing Ancient Fair,” which Yuxing Zhang planned and implemented along with Jing Han, co-founder of ARCity Office. Shenzhen is located between the cities of Guangzhou (formerly Canton) and Hong Kong, former British crown colony and a Special Administrative Region of China since 1997. It was a small city of around 30,000 in 1979 when it was declared a special economic zone. Thanks to the special rights this carries, Shenzhen was able to develop into today’s metropolis, a location for many leading technology companies from around the globe. These include the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, which manufactures devices for Apple and other companies and employs an estimated 300,000 people. The economic boom led to a massive influx of people from all over China. They came seeking work and prosperity. According to a United Nations report, Shenzhen was the world’s fastest growing city from 1980 to 2010. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post wrote in late 2020 that the population was in fact well above the official 13 million. The prolonged urban development boom “The heritage of villages should be used to generate new spatial and social values” Jing Han