After China reached out to the rest of the world through its open-door policy, Shekou (part of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone) became an important gateway for foreigners to discover the mainland. Its urban public realm, however, suffered from rapid urbanization and lacked attractive parks and facilities for the burgeoning population. With an increased awareness of the value of attractive and livable places for Shenzhen’s future generations, the city desired to transform its out-of-date industrial shoreline into a public waterfront. The SWA-designed Shekou Promenade is a unique place for social gathering, expressing a renewed culture. The once disconnected, dull, and even dangerous shoreline walk has been transformed into a socially resilient and celebrated place for old and new generations that is highly accessible from adjacent urban neighborhoods.
Shoreline Park Represents the New China