The project base for this competition is Longling Community, Buji Street. The total area of the community is 0.327 square kilometers, and its population is about 13,431, predominated by flowing population. Longling Community is a mixed community, in which Longling New Village is an urban village, Longling Villa is a garden-style community, Ronghua Building, Xiangfalou Building and their neighboring region form the most prosperous commercial area of Buji Street, a densely populated street where rests the bus station of Buji Hospital. The community includes Longgang Second People's Hospital, Longling Junior High School, Longling School, Dabao Kindergarten, Dongsheng Primary School, Huiyang Hotel and other large enterprises and institutions.
Cities are becoming saturated each passing day in the process of rapid development, so there are few opportunities for planners and architects to plan and design on “blank” plots. At the same time, the original infrastructure of the old communities began to fail to match the new demand. More and more communities are conducting a micro upgrade on their key internal space, which requires designers to respond to local needs and realize space reuse by planning and designing on the basis of the original communities. The theme of the SMALL & SMART DESIGN COMPETITION 2.0 is called「Lixin Awaken」. In this phase, Shenzhen Center for Design will cooperate with Lixin Community Council to publicly solicit design solutions in view of the needs of the residents of Lixin communities for improving public spaces and infrastructures. This competition serves as a platform for the residents to have their voices heard.
The densely populated households in the urban village make the public space crowded and at the same time extremely abundant. Large part of the residents' daily activities are held at outdoor public space because of the litmited indoor space. Due to the deficiency of unified planning, the lack of space for activities and the imperfection of infrastructure settings, people tend to have an impression that the material environment in the urban villages is "dirty, messy and noisy", and this impression affects how people judge the social and population structure of the urban villages, leading prejudice and misunderstanding towards the urban villages.In the SMALL & SMART DESIGN COMPETITION 1.0, Shenzhen Center for Design will cooperate with the organizing committee of BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE to publicly solicit design solutions targeting at the "dirty, messy and noisy" problem of Nantou Old Town for the improving of public spaces and infrastructures.