Sustaining Shenzhen: Residential Development for Livable Futures (2008)

Sustainable Residential Development 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 Co. This report contains the work of the Spring 2008 Shenzhen Planning Studio. The studio’s 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 an existing project, Vanke Town. This report records that process and outlines a series of ideas and guidelines for developing a sustainable community in Shenzhen – and other parts of China – in the future. The report has two parts: the first comprises the re-planning of Vanke Town and the Bantian District by four student teams; the second includes each student’s individual research work on related topics.