MLA+ lead team wins the masterplanning competition for the coastal area of Shenshan special cooperation zone outside Shenzhen, China

Yesterday, the team consisting of MLA+, OKRA Landscape Architects and ShenzhenIBR won the competition for the Urban design for the coastal area for Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone.

Our proposal was selected out of three short listed entries. Shenshan is a new coastal development located to the east of Shenzhen. In the future it is planned to become a new weekend and holiday destination as well as a new place for living in a rapidly urbanising Greater Bay Area which will become one of the biggest urban agglomerations in the next half century.

The plan for Shenshan takes the challenges that climate change and urban development pose serious. Based on an urban design methodology that puts ecology, climate resilience and collective and non-polluting mobility first, the masterplan proposes a series of settlement clusters interspersed with ecological zones. Protection against more extreme weather is build into the layout and turns water storage and defense necessities into urban and natural qualities that enrich bio diversity and lead to a ‘nature driven urbanism’.

The plan builds on experience we have been building in recent years in the development of sustainable urban solutions for a changed world climate such as the Water as Leverage Masterplan for Semarang, Indonesia, a planned city extension in Ningo Prampram, Ghana and the redevelopment of the coastal zone of Xiaomeisha in Shenzhen.  All have in common that they promote solutions that tackle the problem and use it to create new qualities that cities can develop worldwide.

Based on the plan proposed, Shenshan will develop in the coming years with subsequent planning steps expected to be taken from the beginning of 2020 on.

More about the competition and the result can be found on the website of the Shenzhen Center of Design (in Chinese)

Multimedia animation of the project (Chinese with english subtitiles)