INTI at the SZHK Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture 2011

6 December 2011

The International New Town Institute will participate in different programmes during the 2011 Bi-City Architecture and Urbanism Biennale in Shenzhen, China, 8-11 December.

Workshop Shenzhen

Date: December 8-11, 2011

Location: Longgang, Shenzhen (a closed meeting)

A group of Chinese and Dutch urban designers and academics will work in a creative and collaborative process to find value adding solutions for improving the economical, social and environmental sustainability within the planning process of the Dayuan Longgang New Town in Shenzhen. The results are presented to experts and local officials on December 11. The workshop is a pilot project in which INTI serves a unique role in developing new models of collaboration between public, private and academic partners. The workshop showcases the high level of exchange between Dutch and Chinese experts on future sustainable developments in New Towns.

Book launch: ‘Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia

Date: December 9, 2011

Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Yi Dutang (F3, Creative Park, OCT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518053)

RITE-cover_web.jpgOn Friday December 9, The International New Town Institute (INTI) presents the new book Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia.

Throughout the Asian continent, much of the recent urbanization has come in the guise of New Towns — cities that are completely planned and built from scratch. Many countries like the Emirates, India, China and Korea use these New Towns as a tool to orchestrate and control an otherwise unwieldy urbanization process.
Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia examines not only the urban designs, the architectural and urban character of these New Towns, but also the intricate political, economic, and social motivations that bring them into being. This book uses sixteen case studies to illustrate different approaches on contemporary New Town development in Asia: Masdar City (UAE), Tianjin Eco-city (PRC), Zira Island (Azerbaijan), Naypyidaw (Myanmar), Astana (Kazakhstan), Binh Duong New City (Vietnam), Al Madina a’Zarqa (Oman), Saadiyat Island (UAE), CamKo City (Cambodia), King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia), Magarpatta (India), New Songdo City (South Korea), Cyberjaya (Malaysia), Songjiang New City (PRC), Tin Shui Wai (Hong Kong), Bumi Serpong Damai (Indonesia).

Registration: RSVP, admission free.

For registration and information please contact Ms. Clarisse Stulp, email or see:

Exhibition ‘Allmetropolis’

Exhibition dates:

December 8, 2011–February 18, 2012

Time: 10:00-18:00

Venue: B10, OCT Loft

What are the opportunities if a Chinese urbanization model would be applied to Europe? This question will be tested by a case study in which the Chinese city Shenzhen will be compared to the city of Almere in The Netherlands. Both areas started their urban development in the late 1970s: Shenzhen as a promising Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Almere as promising New Town on Flevoland, the world’s largest man-made polder. In collaboration with and supported by INTI, the Go West Project investigates the economic, social and environmental implications and challenges of this scenario.

The Go West Project puts into perspective the economic, social, spatial and ecological developments of Shenzhen and Flevoland. This forms the starting point of a research that shows the possibilities and opportunities of using the Shenzhen model in a European context.

Conference ’6 under 60’

Date: December 10, 2011

Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Venue: the OCT Art & Design Gallery, 9009 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen 518053

Michelle Provoost, director of INTI, participates in the round table conference to reflect on the exhibition ’6 under 60’. Chief curator of the SZHK biennale Terence Riley will moderate the conference. ‘6 Under 60’ is a collaborative research endeavor and interactive multi-media exhibition organized and presented by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture, School of Cinematic Arts and Roski School of Fine Arts. An interdisciplinary team has analyzed six cities that emerged or were transformed within the last 60 years — Chandigarh, Brasilia, Gaborone, Almere, Shenzhen and Las Vegas.

Symposium ‘Shenzhen and the World’

Date: December 11, 2011

Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Multifunction hall, Shenzhen civic center, Fuzhongsan Road, Futian district, Shenzhen

Michelle Provoost, director of INTI gives a lecture and participates in the Symposium ‘Shenzhen and the World’, organized by Laurence Liauw (Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, department of Architecture).

Contact for the SZHK Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture 2011
For registration and more information please contact:

Ms. Linda Vlassenrood,

Program Director of INTI’s international activities,

or see:
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