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Envisioning rural futures: Lishui and the Future Shan-Shui City competition

Leonardo Ramondetti1*
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2023, 5(3), 0957
Submitted: 17 May 2023 | Accepted: 17 July 2023 | Published: 22 August 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reshaping Rural China)
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

This paper presents an international competition called Future Shan-Shui City: Dwellings in the Lishui Mountains, promoted by Lishui Municipality (Zhejiang Province) in 2020, and examines the three award-winning projects: Future Super Shan-Shui Park by the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, A Symbiotic Urban Change by Olivier Greder Architects, and Prosperous Lishui by South China University of Technology and Politecnico di Torino. By investigating how policies are changing current planning activities, and how the themes raised and then addressed in urban projects, this contribution sheds light on the salient features of today’s development in Chinese marginal areas and provides the opportunity to discuss new visions for rural futures that transcend the Chinese context.

Urban-rural relationship
Future Shan-Shui City
Urban planning
Urban design
Agricultural modernization
This research benefited from the support of the Co-Run Dual Master’s Degree program in Urban Design at SCUT and Politecnico di Torino, and the research project Rescaling the Belt and Road Initiative: Innovation patterns and urbanization processes in urban China (2020-2023) carried out by Politecnico di Torino and Università di Macerata, and financed by Italian Minister of Research and University.

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The author declares that he has no competing interests.
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