I-infrastructure: Water Urbanism Node

The Pearl River Delta region faces a self-perpetuating dilemma; fresh water shortage caused or exacerbated by serious water pollution as result of rapid industrialization & urbanization. Currently the portable water source for both Shenzhen and Hong Kong is the Dongguan River, and Inter-Infrastructure: Water Urbanism is a proposal for a different approach to conceptualizing the region’s potable water source to break from a traditional reliance on engineering and technology. The proposal focuses on the community scale to establish a new water-cycle system through the appropriation of existing urban infrastructures and with the goal of influencing new and less water-intensive ways of life.

A site including a sewage treatment plant and public housing development by the Shenzhen River in Luo Hu is the testing ground for the project. Winding channels and artificial wetlands further purify water after primary treatment and provide public space and amenities to serve the needs of community, and create a self-sufficient water-budget. The design addresses the complexity of city, needs of the people and infrastructure for water through hybridization and inter-relation. The three systems support and intensify each other, working together to maximize the use of limited land and resources. The design draws inspiration from the operations of a circuit-board, a new vertical city is floats above the exiting water treatment plant, reorganizing a fragmented community. This dynamic system of networks connects the existing urban fabric of Shenzhen to the natural wetland ecosystems across the river in Hong Kong, fostering close interactions between the various local communities. In a time of extravagant urban development, this Inter-Infrastructure encourages the re-valuation of our resources.



Team Leader: Doreen Heng Liu
Team Members: Doreen Heng Liu, Yu-Qi Jiang, Cheng Chen,
Nan Chen, Miao Liu, Ge Ma
Consultants: Gu Huang ( CNMED&R),
Zhi – Guang Ma ( CNMED&R),
Yuan – Jin Yang ( CNMED&R)
Special Thanks: SZ Biennale Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee Office ,
Wen-Bo Zhu (Shenzhen Hydraulic Planning & Design Institute)