Workshop urban water landscape Shenzhen

On 12 and 13 November, KCAP's Kees Christiaanse , Ting Chen, Anna Gasco and Ya-Hsin Chen, attend a 2-day brain storming workshop “Flow-Morphing: The Urbanist Action on Shenzhen’s Water Landscape Infrastructure’ in Shenzhen. Recently, the construction of a new aqueduct to bring in water from the Xijiang River to Shenzhen and the implementation of two large reservoirs on the border between Shenzhen and Dongguan, has led to a recalibration of the existing water infrastructure in Shenzhen. For example, the number of water supply reservoirs required has been reduced from 61 to 29. It opens up opportunities to reimagine the functions of 32 former reservoirs and also to rethink the relationships between the city’s resources, infrastructure, ecologies and urban development. This new infrastructural reality brings to light unprecedented challenges and opportunities that coexist at multiple levels.

The KCAP team works with experts from diverse disciplines, such as Dieter Grau (Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl), Eva Castro (Plasma Studio), Kelly Shannon (University of Leuven), Andreas Zysset (EBP), Mindert de Vries (Deltares),Yan Meng (URBANUS), Jingxiang Zhu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Rongyuan Zhu (China Academy of Urban Planning and Design) and Ming Zhang (Tongji University). The topics of the workshop to be covered include Water of Shenzhen, Water Planning & Management, Water & City, Space & Art, Operational Framework and Participation Mechanism of the Action. The aim is to help the organizer – Water Resource Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality — to evaluate opportunities and challenges and initiate new ways of reconfiguring Shenzhen’s water infrastructure into a more interactive relationship with urban landscape and urban life.

The workshop will develop an initial framework for strengthening urban action on water landscape infrastructure (investment model, expected effectiveness, reference case, assessment method). It discusses strategies, execution and rules for public participation, and generally decide the main direction and sketch the design brief for following projects. KCAP is invited to serve as a academic and curatorial advisor, and the chief planner to lead the multidiscipline team to provide the vision plan and protection and development strategies in the next stage.