Urban Planning /

A City of Sharing

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A 80km2 city plan in Dongguan

Our city proposal is to connect people to water, nature and sharing future. Technology will shape the way people interact, but physical design helps to improve our intimacy to nature and people.

Greater Bay Area will become the most populated area in the world and Dongguan is at the heart of it to provide the need for manufacturing and innovation. This mega city has the potential to become more livable, smart and sustainable if we can implement 8 design ideas.


Sustainability, Walkability, Health, Inclusiveness, Resiliency, Culture, Vibrancy, Diversity


Dongguan has a rich history in manufacturing, although its facilites are not up to the standard of sustainability. Our proposal is looking to connect the old part of town to the new sharing centers along the coast. We want nature and water helps to bridge these connections so that parks can become part of everyone’s daily sharing. This simple idea is revolutionary for a factory town with very little greenery and shared spaces.


Global warming may be threatening the future of Dongguan. Our design will take advantage of the sharing landscape to allow for resiliency. Sharing economy has set a great example for Chinese citizens that they don’t have to own everything. The concept of sharing allow us to make buildings and private spaces smaller while creates an abundance of open spaces. These extra spaces allow everyone to share part of the rising water. The landscape and selected species will not only purify the water, but also created an eco-system along the harbourfront. People will get to absorb all the natural resources while sharing their work and lives on elevated buildings and walkway along the Pearl River.

Design Team:

Avoid Obvious Architects: Vicky Chan, Mary Lam, Jason Pang

China Building Technique Group