City festivals such as design weeks have become highly valued in modern cities as a powerful driver in urban competitiveness and urban image.
Enlivening Suzhou: Design-Driven Strategies and Practices is a publication compiled upon the closing of the 3rd Suzhou Design Week. Other than a mere collection of design works, traditional crafts and folk culture presented in Suzhou Design Week, the editorial team from Urban China hopes the book would bring critical reflections on Suzhou’s history (urban development), urban assets (architecture, industry, classical gardens, waterways), and essential cultural elements (people, dialect, traditional operas), upon which, the future potentials of Suzhou (new cultural economy, spatial revitalization, digital urban experience, urban regeneration) will be radically re-imagined. Additionally, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth imaginations of ‘the new normal’ in a post-pandemic society, leaving a significant mark in both the history of Suzhou and Suzhou Design Week (Suzhou’s ‘new normal’).
Producer: XU Gang
Publishing Team: URBAN CHINA Magazine
Editor in Chief: CUI Guo
Editors: SONG Dailun, SONG Yating, YANG Songfei, TANG Fei, NI Yuyao, ZHANG Jingxuan
Design: whynot studio
Urban China is cooperated and participated by the Ministry of Construction, Tongji University, Qinghua University, Beijing University, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing University, etc. We illustrate urban development from political, economic, social and humane perspectives. Our team is mastered by experts from architecture design and urban planning, and our contents are edited by experienced senior editors with sensitivity to urban development. Our headquarter locates in Shanghai and we use synchronous and co-ordinated editing methods in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Chongqing.