New Marine City and HQ Base: Productive Cities for Shenzhen
New Marine City and HQ Base: Productive Cities for Shenzhen – 海洋新城和深圳湾超级总部基地：深圳的生产力城市 Tekuma Frenchman Urban Design LLC Productive Urbanism is a human-centered urban design approach that advocates for a productive culture and place. As opposed to the processes of traditional consumption-oriented urban development, Productive Urbanism seeks to design urban spaces as a medium that empowers people’s productivity. This approach to urban space provides the optimal place for creativity, innovation and making, and in turn, become spaces of economic, environmental, cultural and social value.
In the 20th Century, Urban design evolved into a specialized discipline integrating planning and architecture. The practice focused on the physical space and shaped the city’s characteristics and public realm. As we move further into the 21st century, urbanization is leaping into a new era. With the global expansion of infrastructure, the ubiquity of a digital layer, and the evolving roles of private entities and public institutions, our perception of cities and how we live and work in them is obliged to change. Urban design is now given new opportunities and responsibilities to re-examine the qualities of urban space as a carrier for 21st century productivity of economic, social and cultural goods and services, and as a medium that redefines the relationship between production and living. We believe that today’s urban design processes are not only to design the necessary space to live. The more crucial assignment is to create spaces that are ultimately a reflection of human ingenuity in all aspects of life.
The goal of Productive Urbanism is to guide the practice of urban design towards a reimagined permeable boundary between the public and private realm where planning amenities are a distributed network of highly-integrated production and consumption environments. Productive Urbanism is a movement towards a new cultural shift in the life of cities by orienting the focus of urban life from consumption to creation.
By presenting the urban typologies developed in Shenzhen, namely New Marine City “Ocean Edge”, and Shenzhen Bay Headquarter Base “Living Expo”, within its ‘Productive Cities’ model, and deepening its understanding of similar models, Tekuma Frenchman hopes to create a discussion that leads towards an empowered vision of future cities.
Credits: Dennis Frenchman, Kun Qian 钱坤, Naomi Hébert, Marwan Aboudib, Tengjia Liu 刘腾加, Jiwon Jun, Shu Guo 郭澍, Dana Shaikh.
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