Hosted by Shenzhen Design Week & Global Design Award Organizing Committee, organized by China Merchants Shekou Holdings| Sea World Culture and Arts Center, and presented by Design Society, the Guest Country Online Exhibition will go live on 15 August 2020. Mr. Henk Ovink, Dutch International Water Envoy, and Mr. Ole Bouman, founding Director of Design Society, are its chief curators. 16 leading figures in the field of water design from the Netherlands and China will share their insights for water affairs by webinar in four consecutive days of 25 to 28 August 2020.
Envoy for International Water Affairs
Henk Ovink is the first special Envoy for International Water Affairs. As the Ambassador. He advocated water awareness around the world, built institutional coalitions between governments and NGO'S, and addressed the world's stressing needs on water.Founding Director of Design Society
Ole Bouman is the Founding Director of the new design museum and platform Design Society in Shenzhen since 2015. His past roles include editor-in-chief of Volume (2005-2007) and director of the national Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) (2006-2013).
More and more people are living in cities, often located on rivers or on the coast. In one such area, Shenzhen is more vulnerable to climate change because of its topography and the threat of rising sea levels, as well as prolonged drought and widespread land subsidence caused by groundwater exploitation and heavy rains. With 90% of all natural disasters being water related, water related problems affect billions of people and cause trillions of dollars of damage. How should we understand and design water when there is still an opportunity to reverse this trend?
For ages, water has determined the life of the Dutch people. The Netherlands, being a coastal country facing the sea, being a sedimented country across the North-West European Rhine-Meuse river delta, as well as being situated in a moderate maritime climate with frequent rainfall, over time has learned to deal with and benefit from its wet life conditions, which any Dutch citizen knows from an early age on, and which any Dutch child hears about once it is said to learn swimming quickly to overcome the existential risk.
map Christiaan Sgroten
North Holland, 1573.
Sint Elisabethsvloed, Romeyn de Hooghe, naar Arnold Houbraken, 1675–1677.
Given the long Dutch history of managing water, designing the country by, with and despite water, and using water as a leverage for social design, Dutch creatives are active worldwide to engage with the pressing environmental issues that come with climate change. When there is, or when there may be too much, or too little, or too dirty water, Dutch designers and engineers are often part of the team to deal with it, or even bring up unsolicited ideas to start thinking about comprehensive solutions.
Oosterschelde storm surge barrier,
photographed in 2013.
The Netherlands is a leading nation in water management in the broadest sense, and enjoys global acknowledgement for its resolve to address multiple problems with the unifying power of design. In recent years, relying on the awareness of water as important indicator of climate urgency and enabler for sustainable development, has developed a concept of “water as leverage”. In this exhibition, Urban Planning and Architectural Design firms from the Netherlands, are presenting 6 recent thematic project cases, so that we can understand the practice of Dutch "water" specialty in China.
Dutch firms Arcadis and ONE Architecture
the BIG U
WEST8 project Governors Island
Why Shenzhen? For this process of partnering and sharing, Shenzhen is an ideal podium. Not only has the city gained a global reputation as innovation powerhouse, but also as a marine and delta city, that most likely will be hugely affected by climate change. The Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality attaches great importance to the water situation in Shenzhen, and has set a number of rules and regulations and major measures to ensure the quality of people's water and prevent pollution. It also has been assigned to build a pilot demonstration zone and, among other objectives, “take the lead in creating a beautiful Chinese model of harmonious co-existence of man and nature”. The Dutch guest country contribution refers to this agenda, preparing it for a more climate resilient urban development.
The city of Shenzhen is situated in the south of Guangdong Province with 11 river water systems and a total of 183 reservoirs. With a subtropical maritime climate, Shenzhen has the average annual rainfall of 1935.8 mm, 86% of which mainly in April to September. The water situation in Shenzhen has three characteristics or main challenges: the shortage of local water resources, frequent typhoons and heavy rains, and serious river pollution. How can design address and inspire the water challenges of Shenzhen? As the host, the Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality will present successful cases of the management for The Shenzhen River, the Maozhou River, the sponge city and the Dongjiang Water Source project, describe the future planning of Shenzhen's water construction, and demonstrate the spirit of Shenzhen being awarded the title of "demonstration zone".
Maozhou river after treatment
During the SZDW, special attention will be given to the historical legacy of the Dutch water tradition, and to the specific situation in China. This will include a webinar series to strengthen the Netherlands-Shenzhen partnership, and to create an in-depth understanding of the Pearl River Delta challenges and opportunities and invest in a deeper future dialogue with the water and creative sectors of Shenzhen.
Though events of the SZDW turned online due to the unexpected pandemic, interactions from both sides through webinars and lectures will be held, enabling the public to experience how design can solve problems with a multiplier effect.
25 August, 2020
14:00 – 16:00 GMT+8
Netherlands, Design by Water, Water Envoy, Water Atlas
26 August, 2020
14:00 – 16:00 GMT+8
Water in Shenzhen: Policies and Perceptions
27 August, 2020
14:00 – 16:00 GMT+8
Water as Leverage: Dutch international experiences and contributions in Asia and beyond
28 August, 2020
14:00 – 16:00 GMT+8
Exploring Water as Leverage Shenzhen
Consul General Kingdom of The Netherlands
Founding Director of Design Society
Director of Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs
Project Director Deltares
Senior Engineer of Shenzhen Water Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd
Director/Chief Designer Of OKRA
Director and Co-owner of NL Urban Solutions
Founding Director Defacto Urbanism
Co-founder and Director, OOZE Architects & Urbanists
Director Urban Development at World Resources Insititute
Water as Leverage for Sustainable Development: a Call to Action by Design!
2020 Shenzhen Design Week – Guest country exhibition
Hosted by: Shenzhen Design Week & Global Design Award Organizing Committee
Offered by: Kingdom of The Netherlands
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Ole Bouman, Founding Director of Design Society, Shenzhen
Organizer: China Merchants Shekou Holdings| Sea World Culture and Arts Center
Presented by: Design Society
Guided by: Shenzhen International Culture Exchange Association, Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office
Supported by: Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality
Online exhibition link: http://guestcountry.sz.design/
Go live at 10:00 GMT+8 on 15 August, 2020
Scan to view the online exhibition（Attention：officially launched on 15 August）
Shenzhen Design Week (SZDW), founded in 2017, is an international design festival hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, organized by Shenzhen International Culture Exchange Association, Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office, Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, Greater Bay Area Office of the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, Education Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality, Innovation Committee of Science and Technology of Shenzhen Municipality, Bureau of Industry and Information Technology of Shenzhen Municipality, Culture, Radio and Television, Tourism and Sports Administration of Shenzhen Municipality, with Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA) serving as Secretariat. SZDW aims at building an international, cross-categories, and professional platform for the design industry. This platform will facilitate international culture exchange, city branding and promotion, showcasing design achievements, and public education on design thinking and consciousness. This event is a cultural celebration open to the public with over ten days of creative activities taking place across the city, attracting ten of thousands of designers, enterprises, students, media, and citizens from local and global communities.
We aim to enhance the relations between Dutch and Chinese citizens and organizations, focusing on trade & investment promotion and visa & consular services in the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, and the autonomous region of Guangxi. Our departments: Economic & Commercial Department, Consular Affairs, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Netherlands Office for Science and Technology (NOST), immigration, press and culture.
Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality is the country's first urban water affairs bureau established in 1993. It is a government department in charge of the city's water administration. Its key responsibility is water affairs management, including water planning and construction, water supply, water saving management, water pollution control, comprehensive river management, drainage management, water ecological construction, water administration law enforcement and smart water construction. It is in charge of the city's river chief system, lake chief system, sponge city construction. It directs the water affairs of each district, and manages the industry of the city's water affairs enterprises.
Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality thrives to meet the high-quality water demand for a better life of the people in the new era. It closely focuses on Shenzhen’s new positioning and mission as a “first demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics and an example of a modern and powerful socialist country”. Taking the major opportunity of the development of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area, it aims at becoming the comprehensive implementation of the river/lake chief system, water pollution prevention and control demonstration city; the national sponge city construction demonstration city; the national smart water demonstration city; the water technology innovation and industrial incubation test city. It targets at becoming an international, innovative, livable, ecological and charming bay area. In order to stand at the forefront of the national water affairs field, Bureau of Water Resources of Shenzhen Municipality has comprehensively benchmarked the world's highest standards in various fields, aspects and elements, and dared to demonstrate first to provide a strong ecological, healthy and safe water guarantee for Shenzhen's reform and innovative development, and to create a beautiful and ecological environment with clear waters and green banks.Design Society is an innovative cultural platform founded by China Merchants Shekou (CMSK), with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) as its founding partner. It has already built an extensive network of partners, contributors and supporters from China and around the world, across academia, business, governmental affairs and education, as well as through collaborations with major museums, residential programmes and archival institutions. With the advice of industry experts, the growth of this network demonstrates the overlapping creative practices - closely bound to society and industry – vital to the sustainability of Design Society. An extensive membership programme offers exclusive industry opportunities and career acceleration activities, elevating Design Society as a leading resource on both a local and international scale.Design Society has curated Minding the Digital, Craft: The Reset, Y Comic X? and Values of Design: China in the Making. Our learning platform Design Society EDU takes Design with the Society as its mission, encourage audiences to make, create and connect with design.China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., Ltd (CMSK, stock code:001979), a flagship subsidiary under the China Merchants Group, a leading state-owned enterprise under the direct supervision of the central government, is dedicated to comprehensive urban development. It is also the Group’s asset integration platform for real estate and important business collaboration in China. Committed to be “the better life carrier”, CMSK develops comprehensive solutions for urban development and industrial upgrading and also provides diversified products and services covering full life cycle.