6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

251 has resulted in a spectacular skyline. Listed by number of skyscrapers in 2019, Shenzhen ranks third after Hong Kong and New York City. The aim is to increase the city not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality. According to the South China Morning Post, China has a detailed reform plan to make Shenzhen a “global benchmark” by mid-century, “a model of high-quality development.” Yuxing Zhang obtained a Doctor of Architecture degree from Southeast University in Nanjing in 1995. He is the initiator of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB), the most important architecture biennale of China, as well as director of the academic committee and chairman of the UABB Foundation. Jing Han earned her Doctor of Architecture degree from Tongji University in Shanghai in 2013. She is also an architecture curator. In 2017 Yuxing Zhang and Jing Han founded ARCity Office in Shanghai. The office has developed projects in Shenzhen and Shanghai. What impact has the unprecedented growth of Shenzhen had on the old districts of the city? Yuxing Zhang (YZ): During the boom, many of the old villages were swallowed up by the city and urbanized. The problem is that Shenzhen’s land area is severely limited – the city has run out of space. This forced the administrators to adopt the strategy of massive urban redevelopment, which necessitated the demolition of many old buildings. Today, most of the land that remains available for potential redevelopment is part of these old villages and historic districts – like Shajing Ancient Fair, where we developed and implemented our project. Shajing Ancient Fair is the largest remaining historic district of Shenzhen, with a core area “We hope this project has opened our clients’ eyes as well” Yuxing Zhang “An experiment for the future development of urban villages” Jing Han