To Plan Or Not To Plan?
To plan or not to plan? That is the question set out by eminent urban designer Wu Wenyuan as she reminisces on a changing life within the development rush of Guangdong. The once sleepy port village of Shekou, like so many traditional settlements, grew through haphazard “non-planned” growth, but in so doing created a ‘development soup’ frequently espoused as a beacon of harmonious living. Yet recent glittery and expensively considered expansion areas have failed to capture the powerful essence of the older, organically formed mixed neighbourhoods.
Shenzhen Shekou, An Urban Utopia?