Dynamic City Foundation

DCF

Team DCF: director Neville Mars, senior planner Lucas Correa-Sevilla, finance director Kafung Lau, chief editor Adrian Hornsby, project manager India Anitra Baliga, with Olivier Lacombe, Katie Li, Haijing Wen, Zhou Yi, Christian Wagner, Eka Yu, Linda Deng. A full list of contributors here

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The Dynamic City Foundation (DCF, 动态城市基金会) is a research and design institute focused on the rapid transformations of Asia's urban landscape. Spearheaded by Neville Mars, dedicated multi-disciplinary teams of urban researchers, social scientists, planners and architects engage in long-running projects that aim to provide better understanding and more effective planning tools for Asia's expanding cityscapes. The conceptual underpinning of DCF is based on the notion that urban growth as essentially evolutionary. This concept is presented Mars' first book The Chinese Dream - a society under construction (010 Publishers, N. Mars and A. Hornsby, Rotterdam 2008). Since this publication the DCF team and MARS Architects have developed a number of sustainable urban plans for cities in China.

For ten years The Dynamic City Foundation has been active in China operating within a unique open framework. Specializing in cross-scale research of green solutions for fast changing urban environments, the Dynamic City Foundation manifests its findings in a range of media form publications to buildings to large exhibitions, workshops and interventions. It dismantles long-term observations, spatial concepts, urban theory, and ideas along the same lines to create tangible proposals. DCF is future-focused, regarding Chinese cities as laboratories for global urban forces. DCF projects provide refreshing insights in an arena of flash urbanization and vast regional urban fields where still little knowledge is available.

The objective to build four hundred new cities by the year 2020, as formulated by the former Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs, was the initial research framework. For the Shanghai World Expo 2010 the DCF wasinvited by the Dutch Government to present ongoing ecocity design strategies. In particular, the integrated vision for the new master plan for the city of Caofeidian in Hebei, for which DCF developed a radically new collaborative planning format. For the project 5 Dutch and 5 Chinese design firms were invited to work in relay, working one on top of the other to simulate the long-term evolution of this new ecocity of one millii people. See Planning by Mutation - From Generic to Genetic City.


The DCF principles have been applied to various ecocity planning projects across China, including the new Sino-Dutch Ecocity in Shenzhen and a comprehensive future vision for Caofeidian Ecocity, presented at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Mars was invited as the resident planner of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai, for which he developed unique grassroots urban strategy based on a series of community level sustainable technologies, realized through engagements with local stakeholders. The first installation, the WATER BENCH, has been installed in parks across Mumbai. The work of Mars has been widely published and large-scale installations have been exhibited in biennials in Europe, Asia and America. Mars has presented his vision for a clean China in lectures the world over, from Harvard to the V&A and TED global-INK conference talk. Winter 2014, Mars will publish his second book Manifesto of Mistakes - urban solutions for the new world, a comprehensive ecocity design manual.

Exhibitions

Past DCF exhibitions have included: FREEZE, a futuristic Noah’s Ark of ideas that forces the observer to imagine the world as it is today, in terms of flow and movement, beyond physical and political boundaries; Neon Dream, an animated city on a blinding neon wall, surrounding The Chinese Knot, a beguiling mass of highways tangled about China's Forbidden City; the multimedia model Beijing Boom Tower, accommodating all Chinese society in a single megablock; the interactive installation Beijing Real Time, allowing users to play a strategic game with Beijing’s sprawl over a Ming Dynasty table, and Golden Inflation, a luminous landscape of solid gold rendered in the form of inflatable golden mountains, exploring the nature of commerce, dreams, and the ineffable. DCF also guest edited #35 of Urban China Magazine and published its own BURB Magazine, a publication from the future that documents urban, political, and cultural issues in the year 2020 with a cynical wink to China's present.

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BURB 2: expanding as fast as the city ~ 和城市发展的一样快!

The speed of transformation demands a flexible and dynamic medium. This portal will publish the open-source research in annual installments or BURBs. The first BURB - the Chinese Dream is just completed and here available. For 2007 our new BURB just opened for contributions Super Satellites, the research of China's mushrooming new towns, their design, success and problems. Can an entirely new city really be engineered successfully?

活力城市基金会与中国城市2020计划

改革开放以惊人的速度推动着中国城市和市民们的发展。从沿海开放城市到乡村,中国的每一村土地都被现代化冲击着。在快速的进步、不发达地区分散的市场发展力、死板的共产主义统治集团、大量的人口迁移和严格的城市户口系统的冲突下,城市中的变化、冲突,和矛盾,被提升了。

动态城市基金会 (DCF)

动态城市基金会(DCF)是一个国际性的研究设计平台,其主要职能是调查快速改变的中国城市环境,并对相关问题作出解决方案。

动态城市基金会(DCF)设立在北京大山子798艺术区,从2004年起,它开始致力于发展《中国城市2020》计划。这一计划的目标是深度研究中国城市闪电式发展可能产生的后果以及设计师们如何对此作出反应。正如前中国民政部部长所提出的:到2020年中国要建设400个新兴城市;这一目标正好给动态城市基金会的计划命名为UC2020,并为其提供了研究框架。

在一个拥有社会学家、城市规划师以及建筑设计师们等众多不同专业的成员的小组里,DCF制定了一个设计原型的目录,用以适应中国日益增长的由市场推动的社会环境。该目的就在于,到2020年,使中国的城市在一个明确定义的网络里发展强大。整个计划会通过模型、车间和视频的形势来展现。 额外地,还会有一些叙述性的文章。 这些成果已经在中国和欧洲的展览中展示过了。 中国城市2020研究结果通过这种方式来公开,这种方式为中国城市化的讨论反馈提供了一个全球性的阶梯。而且,所有的动态媒介,比如视频剪辑,声音和DCF图片文件都在此被提供。

中国的发展目标是强大的,DCF把这种能量作为一种优势来对待,正是一个新的设立和规划策略的起点:活力密度。这一策略制旨在解决城市蔓延和提高城市耐久的简洁度;简洁度不仅仅作为取得高效率和持久性的方法,而且也是一个社会对于城市未来的必然性。 关于现代大都市密度的策略知识是一连续变革为条件的。它是作为一个综合的从地区发展远景到建筑等级的策略。

研究前提


中国发展的步伐和规模使其几乎难以让人找到研究的出发点;现存的工具和策略已经无效。从一个规划者的常规视角和安抚的角度来看,吵闹与城市活力是背道而驰的,而且城市发展地很不稳定。中国城市2020是一个融合各学科的研究。它唯一的框架就是中国未来巨大的城市化进程。它的研究规模包含了到2020年时的400个新兴城市。

尽管中国官方没有制定目标,但是中国400万到10亿的农民,无论是期待与否,都会以城市的方式来安排他们的生活。这个数量恰好足够作为400个大城市的移民,甚至是成为一个新的城市大陆。这个进程如何开展尚未确定。

在中国,城市和农村之间的社会分化已经被描述的不能再清晰了。贯穿历史,这两个社会群体共存,就像是互相依赖的两个平行的世界。就算农村实行改革也无法使两者融合;信奉共产主义的时代在农民和城里人之间建立了一条几乎不可逾越的鸿沟。农村与城市的空间区别被拉大。城市的边沿不断地迅速扩张,把除了一小部分之外的所有区域全都变的多多少少地有点城市化;在这个世纪就要把富裕带给新城市的中产阶级,并且把城市风格带给正在增长的乡村人口。农村改革是无可避免的,它超越了规划者和政策制定者的束缚。在从原始经济到中等经济迈进的途中,从农田到工厂,城市移民正在离开原始的军营式的简陋住房。向一个优越的社会飞速前进的脚步是无法阻挡的。

这个计划的目的在于发现并解决中国城市化带来的空间冲击和负面影响。通过不同的角度展现一个城市化中国的未来发展蓝图。这个形式是一个粘贴簿,是一个想法和观察的集合;既带有分析,也带有描述,有时也带有科学的直觉。它图解说明了尽管400个新兴城市的形成还不规则,但是变革却已经正在发生了。实际上一个超过400万人的大都市是可以被辨别的。这个网页和即将出版的图书不仅是论证了一个结论,它呈现给人们的是众多的关于2020年前景的概念之间的关系。

发展的速度需要一个灵活的动态的媒介。这个路径将会在每年一次的公开发表中或是在BURB中,公布出以开放资源为方式的研究。第一期的BURB——《中国梦》刚刚完成,并且已经推出。2007年新的BURB主题是关于超级卫星城,研究中国迅速增长的新城镇,针对它们的设计、成功和问题作出相应调查。

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