Hui Life Future Community Plan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

“HUI Life Future Community Plan”: Participatory Neighborhood “Micro Landscape” Making Service Project (“HUI 生活未来社区计划“:参与社区“微景观“营造服务项目) is designed by Antao Group for community building in old neighbourhoods in Hangzhou for the next three years (2020~2022).


The information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).

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The project is based on the concept of “place-making” and the method/approach of “participatory design”. Through “environmental education” activities, relationships among people, and between people and the environment are connected, and new micro landscapes are gradually completed. Designers aim to work with neighbourhood residents to renovate and transform old sites into places where residents really need and love and can generate attachment and emotions, to find a sense of belonging, value, and responsibility in the warm community life.


Date: 2020/07 - 2021/03

Implementation period: 8 months with 3-4 months' program per neighbourhood

Closed

Cost: Funded by Hangzhou Community Service Industry Development Special Fund, as a public welfare project

Status of land: Public

Type of place: Open spaces in neighbourhoods and urban areas


Stakeholders

  • Initiator: Antao Group – Hangzhou Antao Mijia Community Development Center ( - ), NPO
  • Designers & implementers:
    • Antao Group – Hangzhou Antao Mijia Community Development Center, NPO
    • Antao Group – Hangzhou Headquarter “Planet 16th”, Private Sector
    • School of Design and Architecture, Zhejiang University of Technology, Academia
    • Neighborhood residents
  • Funders: Civil Affairs Bureau, and Finance Bureau of Hangzhou - municipal welfare lottery charity fund.
  • Supporters:
    • Beishan Social Organization Service Center (Public sector)
    • Beishan Sub-district Office (Public sector)
    • Neighborhood committees

Target audience

Neighborhood residents, mainly children and the aged.

Type of intervention

  • Urban design/street intervention (chair, parasol, art)
  • New activities (environmental education, book corner) painting, planting, property placement).

Citizen participation

  • Mobilization & concertation with neighborhood staff's help: Indoor and outdoor visits; Communication in WeChat group; Posters
  • Co-design and co-production: Investigation / need assessment through questionnaire, observation and interview; Community meetings; Proposal seminars: residents presenting designs and plans of themselves’; Renovation workshops for hands-on updates; Feedbacks from residents after events.

Types of actions

  • Events or Infrastructures: Barrier removing and debris placement for the sake of children and the aged; Resting infrastructure: marble benches with wood padding blocks, and parasol; Game space with paintings by children; Graffiti on walls and well covers, and politeness placards made by children; Plant corner (movable plant boxes) created by residents
  • Partial reversible interventions: Art decorations can be renewed, and plant boxes can be moved with plants changed
  • Citizen participation / participative process: Residents propose requests, suggestions and plans, draw their expected designs, and make real updates by themselves
  • Experimentation / innovation: The project is expected to be implemented in all old neighborhoods in Hangzhou under progressive 3-stage strategies.
  • Transformation aspects / temporary change/ replication: The “empty” and untidy public space becomes the place which residents fully enjoy and utilize.

Innovation

  • Access and connection : Resting, leisure and entertainment space
  • Activities and practices: 1) Participatory practices are based on the process-oriented concept of place-making, which is people-centered with an emphasis on providing convenience and create meanings for daily life through co-creation so that space is no longer just a physical entity but a carrier of emotional communication; 2) Environmental education activities/workshops targeting micro landscapes: paintings/graffiti, creative placards, infrastructure design & planning, planting, etc.
  • Comfort and image : Beautifying; Culture identities and memories related to the railway (a neighborhood of railway staff)
  • Sociability and link : The project process and space bring residents of different cohorts and backgrounds together.

Source: Landscape Road ( ), https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MrhzUxJ47U5G5fnR3EEf7w.png
Source: Landscape Road ( ), https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MrhzUxJ47U5G5fnR3EEf7w.png


Results

Great successes and models in both tangible and intangible aspects.

  • Tangible: material space for leisure activities and interactive communication; optimizing use of land resources; improved neighborhood environment for better lives
  • Intangible: community solidarity; democratic community governance; self-efficacy of residents; environmental-friendly consciousness.

Contact

Antao Group (Hangzhou Headquarter)

Address: Block A, Building 16, Hangzhou Longitude and Latitude International Creative Industrial Park, No. 279 Shiqiao Road, HangZhou, Zhejiang Province, 310005

China Tel.: +86-571-88377951 Fax: 86-571-88377871

Email address of the marketing center: luoqiong@antaogroup.com

Resources

Official website of Antao:https://www.antaogroup.com/en-us

Official WeChat account of Antao: Project information is mainly from the following articles:

[1] Antao. Place-making: Implications from "Best Practice Zone" - Hangzhou, China ( “ ” ). 2020-11-17. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/lqP1CiuYom7U5EoNT7JuIA. 2021-03-12. (in Chinese)

[2] Antao. What did Antao Mijia do? ( “ ” ). 2020-11-12. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/T5PqUWyLYYduNgp-2S2IOg. 2021-03-12. (in Chinese)

[3] Landscape Road ( ). In the era of stock, look at these 8 block renewal projects that amaze time | Landscape Treasure ( 8 | ). 2020-11-18. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MrhzUxJ47U5G5fnR3EEf7w. 2021- 03-12. (in Chinese)

Data

  • Type of action : animation / évènement
  • State : Cloturé
  • Starting date : July 1, 2020
  • Starting date : March 1, 2021

Location