Guangzhou GALA Workshop May 2017

Garth Falconer (Reset Urban Design), Henry Crothers (LandLAB) and Mike Thomas (Jasmax) recently represented the Tamaki Makaurau Design Alliance (TMDA) at a 5 day design workshop in Guangzhou China , as part of a Guangzhou, Auckland and Los Angeles (GALA) Tripartite Alliance design exchange between the governing bodies of the three Pacific Rim cities.

The site visits and workshops were generously hosted by the Guangzhou Planning Institute (GZPI) and involved the collaborative design investigation by designers from Auckland’s TMDA, Guangzhou’s GZPI and Los Angeles of 3 Pearl River regeneration sites. Spread along Guangzhou’s central spine the Pearl River– the three sites: Dashatou Ferry Terminal, Haixinsha Island and Yuzhu Port – all provided different opportunities to re-connect the city and river through the interpretation of ‘water’ in an urban context – a theme that unifies and connects our respective cities. Shared expertise of river and waterfront design and urban regeneration was used to propose strategic design drivers at a city wide scale as well as a site specific approaches for each site. Final presentations were made to local politicians, academics and GZPI staff generating lively discussion, receiving strong support, feedback and acknowledgement of the meaningful contributions made to some real projects.

The work generated at the workshop is anticipated to inform the ongoing development of these projects and the basis of further engagement at the formal GALA Tripartite Summit to be held in Guangzhou in late November 2017.