New New Towns is an international, multi-disciplinary research program organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI). The New New Towns program is dedicated to improve the urban and social quality of six exceptional New Towns in transition. These cities are experiencing fast urbanization and they face major urban planning issues.
The International New Town Institute contributes to the Shenzhen Urban Border Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2013 with the event and exhibition called "Da Lang Fever. Roller-skating, Dancing and Singing performances from Da Lang Neighborhood". Da Lang Fever is curated by Linda Vlassenrood.
Opening exhibition: Sunday 8 December 2013, 16.00, The Value Factory, Shekou, Shenzhen
Event: 14 December 2013
From November 18-20, INTI will host a workshop and expert meeting in Nairobi as the kick-start to our New New Towns: Africa program. Nairobi is currently planning 17 New Towns around the capital, and these urban developments will have a huge impact on the city’s future. To address the challenges and opportunities associated with these plans, INTI will bring together local and Dutch university representatives to decide on the most urgent research trajectories for this dynamic region.
As part of our New New Towns program, a group of urbanism students from Delft University of Technology arrived in Shenzhen for three weeks of fieldwork under the guidance of assistant professor Qu Lei. The 7 students will all graduate on Shenzhen in June 2014. INTI provides an introduction program with several meetings and excursions to introduce the students to interesting sites and critical people who can talk about the current situation and issues at stake. INTI has provided such an introduction program already twice when a group of new students arrived in Shenzhen last year.
Linda Vlassenrood (program director INTI) gave a lecture at The New Institute about Shenzhen and Da Lang Fever because of a special evening about the upcoming Shenzhen architecture biennale. Da Lang Fever is part of The Value Factory curated by Ole Bouman and consists of an exhibition and an event. Da Lang Fever is the story about the potential of a self-organizing migrant society in Da Lang Neighborhood, Shenzhen.
The Shenzhen biennale will open on December 6, while the event with a singing competition and several performances (roller-skating and dance) will take place on December 14.
INTI wants to thank the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Da Lang government for their financial support.