The Healing City forms a new set of strategic principles to heal the nature, people and neighborhoods of the Yanzihu area.


The greater Shenzhen area suffers, as other megacities, from uncontrollable and rapid urban growth, creating increasingly poor living conditions, threatening the health and wellbeing of human beings. Central to the design of the Healing City masterplan are six anchoring principles that promotes a sustainable approach to healthy urban living.


The project area suffers some of the typical side effects of rapid urbanization that are continuously threatening to deteriorate its invaluable natural resources – the river, the green river banks, hills and mountains.


The Yanzihu masterplan rests on the concept ’Healing Nature, Healing People and Healing Neighborhoods’. Through upgraded and renewed water quality and connected landscapes that act as the ‘lungs’ of the area, nature becomes an integrated part of the masterplan.


Healing Nature 治愈自然

1. Restorative Lakes: Today, the river lacks any kind of water management, resulting in pollution of both water and landscape. The masterplan expand the river into three large lakes concerned with purification, restauration and recreation.

1. 恢复性湖泊:如今,这条河流缺乏任何水管理,导致水体和景观受到污染。总体规划将河流扩展为三个与净化、修复和娱乐有关的大湖。

2. Connective Landscape: Existing buildings with historical value are transformed for public purposes. A green band that connects landscape and city run through this cultural zone.

2. 连通景观:具有历史价值的既有建筑被改造为公共用途。一条连接景观与城市的绿带贯穿这个文化区。

Healing People 治愈人

3. Public Access to Water and landscape: To promote a healthier lifestyle, a central residents are engaged through community, movement and play. All ‘urban edges’ towards the green zone are planned for community functions, sports etc.

3. 公共用水和景观:为了促进更健康的生活方式,中心居民通过社区、运动和游戏参与进来。面向绿色区域的所有“城市边缘”都规划用于社区功能、运动等。

4. Urban farming: Ensuring supply of healthy food, the plan encourage residents to engage in urban farming at all scales. Excess rain etc. is reused for watering.


Healing Neighborhood 疗愈邻里

5. Conscious mobility: The approach to mobility and public space hierarchies heals the neighborhoods from congestion and traffic emissions. The main mobility loop connects the entire plan, optimized for future technology.

5. 有意识的交通流动性:流动性和公共空间等级的方法治愈了社区的拥堵和交通排放。主要的交通环路连接整个项目,针对未来技术进行了优化。

6. Healthy prosperity: Through diversity in sizes, materiality, program and expression the urban hierarchy encourages knowledge-sharing, exchange of ideas, economy and healthy life.

6. 健康繁荣:通过规模、物质、项目和表达方式的多样性,城市等级制度鼓励知识共享、思想交流、经济和健康生活。