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. 

Social Network Factory aims to create a space where visitors and members of the community can come together to play, relax and enjoy the surroundings in exciting new ways with the SWCAC, while interacting with and contributing to examples of contemporary social design. It also aims to foster a sense of community around Design Society by creating a destination where visitors and community members feel welcome and can interact with each other in a playful way as well as contribute to the project.

About People's Architecture Office

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.

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Social Network Factory, People's Architecture Office