[Dalang Fashion Town] Results of Daloang Fashion Town Workshop

Situated in Longhua District, the geographical center of Shenzhen, Dalang Fashion Town is the core of the industrial corridor in the west of the district. The Town is a demonstration zone for popular clothing brands of the country and one of the first exemplary sites for building towns with local features in Guangdong. With a galaxy of fashion businesses pooling here, its reputation as “Town of the Original & Silicon Valley of Fashion” has started to gain recognition. However, the town's construction and development is still in the infancy, facing problems such as the juxtaposition of urban villages and industrial parks, a lack of fashion characteristics, a shortage of vitality in the downtown and weak support of infrastructures like transportation. To build the Fashion Town into a future world-class industrial center with a wide influence over fashion ideas, product releases and consumption, it is necessary to comb through all possible approaches to further development and consider in a systematic manner factors like space, ecosystem, history, local culture and municipal infrastructures.<br/><br/>Authorized by the Leading Group Office for the Construction Work of Dalang Fashion Town, Design Center held the “Dalang Fashion Town Workshop” in June, 2018. The workshop is intended to be a dialogue platform that gathers creative minds and expertise. The main objective of the workshop is to come up with ideas of events that can increase the influence of the town and to solve problems in the process.


[Fenghuang Ancient Village] Project of Fenghuang Cultural Tourist Village, Bao'an District

Nestling at the foot of Fenghuang Mountain in Fuyong Street, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, Fenghuang Ancient Village boasts a history of over 700 years and is the place where descendants of Wen Tianxiang, a national hero in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), live and thrive. There are more than 60 well-preserved residential buildings remaining from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which are valuable and rich in historical and cultural significance. However, during the process of integrating into the overall development of Shenzhen, great challenges emerge, threatening the Village’s traditional architecture style and its historical and cultural environment. Inspired by the concept of “Culture+ Tourism+ New Urbanization” in Overseas Chinese Town (OCT) and adhering to the principles of shared benefits and win-win cooperation, OCT and Bao’an District Government signed a cooperation framework agreement to develop and operate Fenghuang Cultural Tourist Village, a 6 km2 area centering Fenghuang Ancient Village. Therefore, Shenzhen Center for Public Art was invited by OCT to jointly explore the development and operation model of Fenghuang Cultural Tourist Village, to solve the problems of high-density in built-up areas, to activate its historical and cultural characteristics, and to integrate high-quality resources, so as to improve the environment and unleash the development potential.