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Linda Vlassenrood

Linda Vlassenrood is Programme Director at the International New Town Institute. She worked as a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) from 2000, serving as Chief Curator from 2008 to 2011. She has curated a large number of exhibitions and events such as China Contemporary (2006) and Taking a Stance. 8 Critical Attitudes in Chinese and Dutch Architecture and Design (2010).

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Chinese urbanization through the lens of Da Lang

Shenzhen is a city that has been raising eyebrows for years, because of its fast development and exceptional position. However, the everyday reality in Shenzhen can be unruly. As a city, Shenzhen mainly thinks in top-down strategies and simply adds new hardware – the sum of infrastructure, buildings and industries – in order to encourage urban and therefore economic growth. It is less interested in the question of which existing social dynamics need to be accepted or improved in order to strengthen the city’s potential, let alone the socio-economic conditions that are necessary to successfully regenerate an existing neighborhood or to sustainably extend the city. Still, Shenzhen is a city where bottom-up activities flourish and where many changes happen overnight. This means that many policies are not in line with reality: there is a gap between government and society. Or at least this seems to be the case at first glance. When we look beyond the general characteristics of a top-down regulated city, relations between the Shenzhen government and society are much more closely intertwined. […]