Village/City: Coexistence and Regeneration in Nantou, Shenzhen

Author  MENG Yan, LIN Yilin, RAO Enchen
Journal  TA. 2018(3)58-64

Abstract:  Nantou of Shenzhen, as a symbiosis between historical town and contemporary urban village, bears two mutually impetuous propositions, which limit its own development. The article starts by rethinking the positioning of its development, emphasizes historical authenticity and layering of its inherited spatial culture, then proposes a gradual activation from micro scale to larger clusters; It further promotes the development strategy of rejuvenating Nantou with cultural events, and tailors a six-point regeneration plan for the historical town. In 2017, taking the opportunity of Nantou being the main venue of the “Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture”, the concept of “Urban Curation” is adopted to intervene the regeneration of the historical town. By reshaping the cultural and spatial context of Nantou, it is to evoke the sense of belonging and community awareness of the local residents, ultimately in hope to provide an alternative strategy and prototype for the regeneration of Shenzhen’s urban villages.

Keywords: Urban village; Urban design; City coexistence; Nantou historical town; Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture; Urban curation




Aerial View of Nantou Old Town – 2017 UABB Main Venue 

Nantou Old Town Regeneration