An open call has been announced for a design team to create a landmark new museum of planning in Shenzhen, China
The competition will select a team to create a new ‘spiritual public space’ documenting the city’s rapid expansion over the past 30 years. The museum will be located inside Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), which completed in the Futian business district last year, and is scheduled to open in August next year.
The new museum will chart Shenzhen’s growth from a Hong Kong border town to an influential international metropolis and China’s first special economic zone. It will occupy a 15,000m2 zone spread across MOCAPE’s third, fourth and fifth floors.
According to the brief: ‘Shenzhen Planning Museum is one of the two parts at MOCAPE. It is a window to present the urban development history and achievements, a centre for researching urban problems, rethinking planning management and discussing design innovation, and also a public place for citizens to study, learn from and participate in planning.
‘The multiple functions define its special positioning as a “spiritual public space” with academic and cutting-edge knowledge and a cultural centre for cultivating the public awareness.’
Shenzhen, located on the border with Hong Kong, was a small market town in 1979 when it was transformed into China’s first special economic zone. Since then it has grown rapidly and is today home to more than 10 million residents along with many financial institutions and high-tech manufacturers.
The museum will tell the story of Shenzhen’s planning, documenting its pioneering methods in standards, technology research and management, and evaluating its impact on development around the world.
Conceptual submissions must be compiled in an A3 book and in PDF format. Five shortlisted teams will receive £22,500 each to develop detailed proposals and attend interviews.
Interested teams will be expected to demonstrate familiarity with urban development in Shenzhen and China and ‘unique insights’ in the areas of cities and urban planning.
The winning team will curate the exhibition narrative and content, design its exhibition spaces and coordinate the participation of artists and urban researchers in its delivery.
The competition is organised by the Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality with support from the China Overseas Property Group and Shenzhen Centre for Design.
Applications may be in English or Chinese and the deadline for submissions is midnight local time on 15 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information