The rapid growth of Chinese cities has not always resulted in the most qualitative urban environments. High-rise towers, car-centered infrastructure and dense urban planning heavily decrease the quality of life in cities. Now that citizens and governments demand rising quality standards, there is a potential for urban transformation. This requires new design processes and other competences from the stakeholders involved. The Netherlands has a track record of successful urban transformation processes, that may inspire Chinese cities. How can the two countries learn from each other and collaborate in the future?
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Over the past thirty years, the growth of Chinese cities was spectacular. The relation between economic and urban growth was almost directly proportional. As a result, the urban fabric of these cities is strongly dominated by high-rises and car-centered infrastructure. However, these days seem to be gone. There is growing unrest about the quality of life among the population and citizens call out for change. With an outlook on another 350 million people moving from the countryside to the city, the Chinese government focuses more on efficient and sustainable cities. Transformation of the current stock and small-scale projects embedded in the existing urban fabric are therefore the main spearheads for the future. However, transformation in existing city asks for a different process of design and execution.
In this regard, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is a front-runner. Design institutes and local governments are actively searching for new methods and processes to guide regeneration projects. The Netherlands has built up a wealth of experience in the field of area transformation over the years. Cities have a database of best practices, but also know the pitfalls and hot issues of the process.
During this event, we will explore if we can connect Dutch knowledge to the transformation potential in Shenzhen. What can we learn from each other? Case studies of transformation processes from China and the Netherlands will provide concrete examples and shed light on practical issues. A panel with experts in the field discusses the different processes in China and the Netherlands.