Connectivity and Accessibility: Development for Sustainable Futures (2009)

Sustainable ResidentialDevelopment in Shenzhen
Starting in the fall of 2005, MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning has offered a series of studios and research seminars on sustainable residential development with sponsorship from the Vanke China, . This report contains the work of the Spring 2009 Shenzhen Planning Studio, the third to be set in the Bantian District of Shenzhen. The studios’ goal has been to address sustainable neighborhood and related environmental, social, and economic issues expected to emerge over the next twenty years.
The students undertook extensive research on selected topics and tested them through hypothetical re-planning of the Southeast sub-area of the Bantian district of Shenzhen. This report records that process and outlines a series of ideas and guidelines for developing a sustainable community in Shenzhen in the future. The report has two parts: the first comprises the re-planning of Southeast Bantian by four student teams; the second includes each student’s individual research work on related topics.