FUTUREPort Exhibition: Counterpart Cities: FUTUREPORT Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi City Biennale 2011 Curator: Solomon, J., Tang, D. Venues/Dates: OCT Loft, Shenzhen (9 December, 2011 – 4 February, 2012) Central Market Oasis Gallery, Hong Kong, February-March 2012 Featuring: Featuring the FUTURE PORT Project, conduced as a research project within a research team at HKU (Verebes, T. Principal Investigator PI). Principal Investigator: Tom Verebes Co-Investigators: Kristof Crolla, GAO Yan, Christian Lange; Praneet Verma (RA) Participants: Teams led by Verebes, T., Al, S., Mak, V. Research Grants: Hong Kong Environmental Conservation Fund  (PI: Jonathan Solomon; CI: Dorothy Tang) Shenzhen Biennale Committee (PI: Jonathan Solomon; CI: Dorothy Tang) Knowledge Exchange Grant (HKU), PI: Jonathan Solomon


  • Verebes, T. (2013). Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. (Forthcoming)
  • • Tang, D., Solomon, J (2013). From Water to Land: Urban Ecologies of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong University Press. (Forthcoming)
  • Tang, D., Solomon, J (2012). “Counterpart Cities: Multi-disciplinary Research on Environmental Issues of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.” Green (Domus China), No. 1, Summer 2012, 66-75. (English & Chinese)
    • Contents:
      • Feature on Counterpart Cities projects, including “Futureport” project (HKU) research team; Tom Verebes, Principle Investigator)
      • Transcription of Conference Panel Discussion
  • Tang, D., Solomon, J., Li Hua (2013).. “Multifaceted, Counterparts, Conversations.” Green (Domus China), No. 1, Summer 2012, 76-83. (English & Chinese)

Printed Press:   

  •  2012 Lin, Jun Chiang. “「雙城展」規劃環保珠三角 (‘Counterpart Cities Exhibition’ plans a sustainable Pearl River Delta)”, Hong Kong Commercial Daily, February 19 2012, A02. (Chinese)
  • 2012 Apple Daily. “倡淨水設施置大廈發展水網絡 (Freshwater Network created through the integration of water treatment infrastructure in Skyscrapers)” Apple Daily, February 19 2012, A12. (Chinese)
  • 2012 Zhuo, Yong. “對應雙城:面對氣候變遷的深港合作行動(Counterpart Cities: Collaborative Action of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the face of Climate Change)” Housing and Real Estate (住宅與房地產) No. 315, January 2012, 21-22 (Chinese)
  • 2011 Yau, Elise. “A Lesson from Shenzhen,深港城市未來” Ming Bao Weekly, Issue 2251, December 31, 2011, 24-29 (Chinese)
  • 2011 Chow, Vivienne. “Uprooting Shenzhen,” South China Morning Post. December 19, 2011, A4 (English)

Digital Media:    

The FUTUREPORT project is a design research project which speculates on the future of shipping, land management, manufacturing, environmental sustainability and future urbanisation in the PRD. Through an examination of thirteen ports in the PRD region, there is evidence of an acute limit on the available land for expansion, while older ports have crowded waterways and cannot cater to the largest vessels, due to limitations in the current water depth and logistic movement.  As a visionary strategy for the development of a post-industrial economy in the PRD in relation to the future of the SZ-HK ports, a dynamic network of offshore cargo ports is proposed as a new high density urban corridor is proposed in the mouth of the Pearl River, along the future Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge. This new model of urban and industrial growth is conceived as a series of differentiated scenarios documented at instances from 2011 to 2111, linking the PRD region as a continuous city of 50m population by the year 2111. The direct proximity of offshore ports to industrial production is the primary driver of this new model of symbiosis of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In addition, sources of clean energy harvesting are proposed as integrated wind and solar farms on offshore islands.


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May 11, 2014