271: Linda Vlassenrood – Lifestyle and Urban Planning in Shenzhen

271: Linda Vlassenrood – Lifestyle and Urban Planning in Shenzhen

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [07:55] What's it like for Linda as an architect looking at Shenzhen? What does the city get right? Is it a great place to live?
  • [17:35] Linda talks about the little merit regarding the top-down approach - the tension between the power to just execute and at the same time, when the priorities are not right, it becomes "different"
  • [28:05] When Linda looks at Shenzhen, does she see any elements of beauty which leave all "ugly" brutalist architecture behind? What are the buildings/features of the city that she's really impressed by?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Linda Vlassenrood to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • [00:35] How did Shenzhen make an impression upon Linda?
  • [04:10] Do people know about Shenzhen, a city of 20 million, outside of Asia?
  • [07:55] What's it like for Linda as an architect looking at Shenzhen? What does the city get right? Is it a great place to live?
  • [13:35] Top-down organization of the city, including the local government organizing singing contests - is it as bad as it sounds?
  • [17:35] Linda talks about the little merit regarding the top-down approach - the tension between the power to just execute and at the same time, when the priorities are not right, it becomes "different"
  • [22:15] To create better cities, does Linda think there is a need for a top-down approach?
  • [28:05] When Linda looks at Shenzhen, does she see any elements of beauty which leave all "ugly" brutalist architecture behind? What are the buildings/features of the city that she's really impressed by?
  • [35:55] 7 out of 10 of the tallest skyscrapers are in China - is having this tallest structures a "male thing?"
  • [39:20] When people from Europe or America look at Shenzhen, what can they take away from it?
  • [43:20] Beyond Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai, what's another city that we should watch out for?
  • [47:35] With Shenzhen trying to reinvent itself as a creative city, would it price itself out of the market that they would shift a lot of the low-end manufacturing out into Zhuhai?
  • [50:25] How does a student go and get a piece of the action in Shenzhen? What is the best way of getting into and discovering markets like Shenzhen?
  • [52:20] Check out INTI - International New Town Institute