Design Trust Seed Grant

New Cities Future Ruins at Pearl River Delta

New Cities, Future Ruins at Pearl River Delta (NCFR/PRD) is a project re-imagining global sites of rapid urbanization, from the mega-cities of the Pearl River Delta to the extreme-environment sprawl of America's Western Sun Belt.  NCFR/PRD will unfold through an artist residency, installation, and a series of public programs in Shenzhen, culminating during the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. NCFR/PRD is intended to extend and expand work begun last November at the New Cities, Future Ruins convening, a hybrid arts festival and urbanism conference held in Dallas, TX, developing a deep exchange between North American and Asian sites by exploring planetary urban crises of growth, migration, and sustainability.


NCFR/PRD is a collaborative effort of three organizations: FUTURE+ Aformal Academy (Shenzhen), Handshake 302 (Shenzhen), and New Cities, Future Ruins (U.S.). Merve Bedir is a phd candidate at TUDelft, and partner at Land+Civilization Compositions. Her work majorly focuses on urban transformation and migration. Jason Hilgefort is the Academic Director of FUTURE+ Aformal Academy in Shenzhen, and is the founder of Land+Civilization Compositions, a Rotterdam|Hong Kong based studio. Mary Ann O’Donnell is an anthropologist by training who has been published in TDR: The Drama Review, Positions: East Asian Cultures Critique, and Cultural Studies' special issue on Hong Kong. Gavin Kroeber  (Artistic Director, New Cities, Future Ruins) is an artist, writer, and head of the interdisciplinary curatorial office The Studio for Art & Urbanism