Urban Witness: The Transformation of Shekou Fishing Port, China by 24 ScanLab

Exhibition for “Eye of the City” section of the 2019 “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture”

Project Specs


非常感谢 24 ScanLab 将项目介绍和项目图片授权gooood发行。
Appreciation towards 24 ScanLab for providing the following description:

This work is exhibited in the “Eye of the City” section of the 2019 “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture”.

▼影像预告片,Trailer ©24 ScanLab

“Standing in the future and looking backward, every individual deserves to be recorded.” – Preface of Urban Witness Series



▼影像概览,images ©24 ScanLab

Throughout the course our timeline, we understand history through words, image, video and many others, but these medium rarely allow us to have an immersive experience to understand the space and its transformation. This exhibition uses spatial perception technology as a method to perceive space. Through a series of digital processing and archiving of the gathered spatial information, the space will be presented in the form of three-dimensional point cloud information. A series of these unconventional documentations will present the morphological change of the Shekou Fishing Port in Nanshan District, Shenzhen.

Our team investigates the space of Shekou fishing port from three different scales, Shekou Fishing Port, Fishermen’s Life and Ocean Fishing Vessel. This research offers an opportunity to explore the sensing technology application in the field of spatial investigation. We combined the spatial digital information with access excerpts, pictures and diagrams to present the immersive narrative of the Fishing Port, and the process of urban development in multiple dimensions and levels. We hope this unconventional presentation offers the public a unique opportunity to witness a transformation, and thus spark a new interest on the issue of urban development.

▼蛇口渔港码头尺度,City Scale of Shekou Fishing Port ©24 ScanLab

▼码头渔民生活尺度,Street Scale of Fishermen’s Life ©24 ScanLab

▼深圳渔一远洋捕鱼船尺度,Detail scale of Shenzhen Yuyi Ocean Fishing Vessels ©24 ScanLab


Shekou Fishing Port


The project site is located in Shenzhen Shekou Fishing Port, where major changes are taking place. Since the 1970s, continuous policy reforms, high-speed economic development, large population movements, and emerging technological innovations, Shenzhen has gradually developed from a small fishing village into China’s first and most successful special economic zone. Shekou Fishing Port illustrates this ‘over-night success’ legend. Known as “the last fishing port in the city,” it will be officially demolished in 2018 and redeveloped as a waterfront commercial complex.

▼个体户渔船的行驶路线,Private fishing boats driving route ©24 ScanLab

▼大型渔船的行驶路线,Large fishing vessels driving route ©24 ScanLab

▼渔民贩卖自家刚捕捞上岸的海鲜的小型集市,Small market where fishermen sell their own seafood ©24 ScanLab

▼等待拆除的私家鱼船,Private fishing boats waiting to be demolished ©24 ScanLab


Fishermen’s Life


▼等待渔船抵港卸货装箱的渔民,Fishermen waiting for fishing boats to arrive at the port to unload their containers ©24 ScanLab

Through interviews and investigations, we found that the local fishermen were almost completely out of jobs. The number of private fishing boats in Yuyi Village gradually decreased from a mere 50 to just a few. The original fishing-related industrial chain, such as human resources, transportation, warehousing, processing, and sales, were all affected under varying degrees. The main actor behind this change is the land reclamation industry which is causing damage to the marine ecosystem, and the other factor is the secondary urbanization of Shenzhen (urban renewal), which has helped accelerate fishermen’s wealth, hence making them unwilling to continue the hard life of fishing.

▼等待开工的船员,Crew waiting to go fishing ©24 ScanLab

▼贩卖自家捕捞海鲜的船夫妻子,A wife of boatman sells her seafood ©24 ScanLab

▼准备收工回家的船夫,A boatman is ready to go home ©24 ScanLab


Ocean Fishing Vessel


▼LiDAR扫描点位置排布,The setting out of LiDAR scanning spots ©24 ScanLab

This project is created through the use of two cutting-edge spatial sensing technologies: Oblique Aerial Photography which is an airborne scanning technique:  a professional DSLR camera captures images from the side of an aircraft; simultaneously acquiring multiple angles and high overlaps such as the vertical and tilt of the measured object from the air. High-resolution, and high-resolution sequence images are processed with a computer to obtain the three-dimensional data of the measured object. 3D LiDAR Scanning is a fixed-point base station scanning technology, pairing on rotating gimbal to emit pulsed laser to measure the target ‘s distance. It can collect large amounts of point cloud data and establish a three-dimensional model of the site.

▼蛇口渔港航空倾斜摄影测量,Oblique Aerial Photography of Shekou Fishing Port ©24 ScanLab

▼深圳渔一远洋捕鱼船正立面,The facade of Shenzhen Yuyi Ocean Fishing Vessel © ©24 ScanLab

▼深圳渔一远洋捕鱼船货舱,Shenzhen Yuyi Ocean Fishing Vessel Cargo Hold ©24 ScanLab

▼深圳渔一远洋捕鱼船货舱,Shenzhen Yuyi Ocean Fishing Vessel Cargo Hold ©24 ScanLab

▼深圳渔一远洋捕鱼船甲板,Shenzhen Yuyi Ocean Fishing Vessel Deck ©24 ScanLab

▼幕后采访,Behind the Scene ©24 ScanLab

出品机构:24 ScanLab,Intact Studio
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Project Name: Urban Witness: The Transformation of Shekou Fishing Port

Project Teams: 24 ScanLab, Intact Studio

Project Curators: Ai Deng, Li Lipeng, Huang Tao, Wong Chien Bang, Andrew Chow Wai Tat 

Team Members:  Chen Qijian, Deng Yashan, Liu Siyi, Lv Jiaheng, Yang Xi, Yang Yiling, Zhang Shuotong, Zhang Xiuqi, Li Wenshi, Ni Haobin, Ye Yu
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