Design Trust Feature Grant

Social Network Factory

People's Architecture Office

As the eyes of the world follow Shenzhen, where rapid urbanisation manifests itself in large-scale urban development projects, what thought is given to communities on a more human scale? How will future communities inhabit these newly created spaces? This project would like the opportunity to address that the results of urban planning on a newly developed urban setting can foster a sense of belonging and social connection.

Beijing-based People's Architecture Office was founded by He Zhe, James Shen and Zang Feng in 2010, and consists of a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, product designers and urbanists. With the belief that design is for the masses the studio focuses on social impact through design. People’s Architecture Office is the first architecture practice in Asia certified as a B-Corporation and serves as a model for social entrepreneurship.