Overview of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen Municipality

On September 21, 2017, Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province issued ‘Reply to the Adjustment Plan on System of Organization of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone’ (GPC [2017], No.123)which decided that Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone Party Work Committee and Management Committee were changed to representative offices of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government and to build Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone (hereinafter referred to as ‘Shenshan Cooperation Zone’) into an economical function district led by Shenzhen according to the ’10+1′ model (10 districts of Shenzhen and Shenshan Cooperation Zone). And on December 16, 2018, the CPC Work Committee and Management Committee of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen Municipality was officially established. Since then, Shenshan Cooperation Zone has embarked on a new construction and development era dominated by Shenzhen.

Located on the eastern coast of a city cluster in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Shenshan Cooperation Zone is 60km away from Shenzhen and covers an area of 468.3km2 with a registered population of 76,500, of which built-area is 26km2. By 2035, 135km2 of Shenshan Cooperation Zone will be devoted to the construction area, the population size will reach 1.5 million, and public auxiliary facilities will be equipped to meet the needs of 3 million people. As an important strategic node, through which Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area radiates to town clusters of east Guangdong Province, Shenshan Cooperation Zone has undertaken the significant mission of ‘promoting regional coordination, becoming a cooperation demonstration zone, and insisting on innovation’, and is striving to build itself into the eastern gateway of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, a new center of the eastern Guangdong coastal economic belt, an innovation and development zone of Shenzhen, and a new modern, international coastal smart city by adhering to be people-oriented, insisting on ecological priority and green development, and seeking a new and high-level development with international perspectives.

Project Overview

Chishi River is the largest river in Shenshan Cooperation Zone. It runs through Chishi Town, and into the Red Bay by Xiaomo Town. With numerous rivers gathering here, it has a rich biodiversity. Meanwhile, as a flood-prone area, the area along Chishi River suffers from frequent flood disasters. Thus, the future construction of its riverside shall achieve disaster risk reduction and prevention based on the philosophy of resilience and safety, and build itself into an important regional ecological landscape corridor and a continuous exhibition belt with featured urban and rural space, so as to promote the development of ecological civilization in Shenshan Cooperation Zone.

In this context, Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen Municipality is planning to organize the International Consultation on the Planning and Design of Chishi Riverside and hopes to establish a development framework with international vision and innovative concept, so as to promote its space quality on the basis of ensuring the resilience and safety of the riverfront area.

Work Content

There will be mainly two levels included in this International Consultation:

Overall design level: put forward the overall urban design concept, including the resilience and safety strategy for the areas along the river, ecological landscape strategy, and tourism development strategy, etc.

Detailed design level: select 2-3 key sections to carry out detailed design, including key sections of about 150ha for conceptual landscape design and key sections of 50ha for detailed urban design.

Note: The planning and design scope in the overall design level is about 50km2, in which, the northern ecological suburban section shall extend about 200m outwards from the toe line of the dikes in both sides of the river in combination with the characteristics of each firm’s proposal on the basis of protecting its biodiversity as well as its original natural and ecological environment, while the central urban section shall extend an urban block outwards from the riverfront area in both sides of the river based on the road network determined in the central area’s urban design scheme and combine with the extension of key landscape elements such as important mountains, farmland and tributaries, etc. for parts of its area. The scope of comprehensive consideration can be taken into account when doing the overall design.

Registration Requirements

The International Consultation will be open for registration by design firms or consortiums at home or abroad. Priority will be given to design firms with following similar project experience in last 5 years:

(1)Planning and design experience in international waterfront cities;

(2)Comprehensive research capability and practical design experience of prominent urban areas;

(3)Profound experience in creating public landscape and environment;

(4)Design and control capability on the overall urban space.

Designers involved in the International Consultation should be the current staff of the registered design firm. The chief planner must have experience of directing a number of similar planning and design projects, and must directly participate in the whole process of the International Consultation. The project team should include at least one member who is proficient in the Chinese language to ensure an accurate understanding of the project background and relevant requirements of the International Consultation.

The International Consultation will accept the registration of design firms or consortiums that meet the above requirements. Registration by individuals will not be accepted.


Schedule (Provisional)

Note: All the time and date above are applied in Beijing Time. The Host reserves the right to amend the schedule.


After the comprehensive evaluation result of this International Consultation announced, the 6 shortlisted design firms, who have passed prequalification and whose submittals have been evaluated as qualified, can win corresponding fees according to their ranking. The prizes are provisionally set as follows:

1stprize: RMB Five Million Yuan (¥5,000,000) with bonus and design compensation in total;

2nd prize: RMB Two Million Yuan (¥2,000,000) with bonus and design compensation in total;

3rd prize: RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000) with bonus and design compensation in total.

For the other three design firms that are not ranked top three, each can receive RMB One Million Yuan (¥1,000,000) as design compensation.

The commercial documents and a concept proposal (within 10 pages in A3 size) shall be submitted by applicants in the official registration stage. Design firms that intend to sign up are welcome to send us the pre-registration form by [email protected] for pre-registration and related background information. We will notify those design firms in time when the official announcement is released. Whether the registration is successful or not depends on the formal registration.

* The specific content is subject to the subsequent official announcement, and the final right to interpret the working rules of this International Consultation resides in the Host and Organizer.

Please feel free to contact AIMIR for more details about the pre-registration. If you need 3D rendering service to visualize your blueprint for this competition, you’re more than welcome to drop us a line.

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