Design Shenzhen also dedicated space to pressing issues in China, including rural depopulation, launching a Rural Futures Award together with APT (Architecture Practice Talks), a community of young architects. Dedicated to celebrating sustainable projects in rural China, the awards brought much-needed discussion on the sustainable regeneration of Chiina’s countryside. ‘I was really moved by the nine contestants’ presentations at the Rural Futures Award Ceremony. What we need now is a group of idealistic, enthusiastic, and practical people to go into the countryside and reactivate those empty houses,’ said Xinyu Chen, co-founder of APT, and Founding Partner of DEDANG DESIGN.

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