Green the City Sky – “点绿城市”行动 The Nature Conservancy-Shenzhen Conservation Program – 大自然保护协会深圳保护项目队 We live in a rapidly urbanizing world, according to Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, over 57% of China’s population now live in cities. The movement of people from rural to urban areas increases the need to expand the built environment of the city, leaving less and less space for nature. With urbanization, the separation of humans from nature is becoming increasingly apparent. Coupled with the rise and wide-spread of use of technology, many feel further and further away from the natural environment.
Some perceive cities as a space of consumption where many find comfort in the artificial, and they stand as obstacles to living in harmony with nature, but this does not have to be the case. In today’s urban environments, there are many opportunities to engage with the natural environment, sometimes in the most unexpected spaces. With its wide-spread access, technology has become an essential part of our daily lives, connecting people to one another. Our project aims to use technology as the tool to bring nature back to the lives of urban residents.
Design project “Green the City Sky” takes on a slightly different interpretation of the “Eyes of the City”. By utilizing simple technologies that are commonly available to everyone, we can help people see the different spatial facades of the city where green infrastructure exists, and create an opportunity for people to interact with them. This project responds to the question “How will the new technological scenario change people’s behavior in the city? How will this articulate the relation between human body and urban space?” from a perspective of protecting the city’s natural environment. Through this project, we want to rebuild the relationship between humans and nature through an interactive user experience on a virtual platform. On this platform, visitors can learn about urban sustainability development and the possibilities to interact with nature in uncommon spaces like rooftops. With a specific focus on Shenzhen, users will have the opportunity to express precisely where they would like to see more natural infrastructure projects. The data collected can assist urban planners and designers to support residents’ needs and create a better, more sustainable urban environment.
Credits: Xin Yu 虞鑫, Xunyu Zhang 张薰予, Xue Er Qiang
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