Du, Juan. The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2020.






Du, Juan. “Shenzhen’s Urban Villages: A Micro-Political Tale from China’s Mega-City,” in Housing the Co-op: A Micro-political Manifesto, eds. Sascha Delz, Rainer Hehl and Patricia Ventura (Berlin: Ruby Press, 2020), 165-176.





Pan, Wenjian and Juan Du. “Towards Sustainable Urban Redevelopment: Urban Design Informed by Morphological Patterns and Ecologies of Informal Settlements,” in Urban Ecology: Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems, eds. Pramit Verma, Rishikesh Singh, and Akhilesh S. Raghubanshi (Cambridge, MA: Elsevier Inc., 2020), 377-411.




Du, Juan. “Beyond Classification.” Architecture – e-flux, 2018. (





Du, Juan. “Project Home Improvement: Movable Upgrades and Community Engagement in Hong Kong’s Subdivided Units.” Domus China (2018): 90-99. (In English and Chinese)





Pan, Wenjian and Juan Du. “The Environmental Consequences of ‘Urban Renewal’: Lessons from Two Reconstructed Urban Villages in inner-city Shenzhen,” in Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, eds. Edward Ng, Square Fong and Chao Ren, vol. 3 (2018): 1094-1096.




Pan, Wenjian and Juan Du. “Diverse Morphological Patterns of Urban Villages and Insights for Achieving Adaptive Urban Neighbourhood,” in ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Home Network) 2018 International Conference Proceedings, eds. Hing-wah Chau and Cynthia dos S. Hentschke, (2018): 733-750.




Du, Juan. “History of Shenzhen and the formation of Urban Villages, Special Issue on Design for the City/ Shenzhen.” Urban Environment Design, 108 (2017): 34-39. (In Chinese)






Pan, Wenjian and Juan Du. “Density and Environmental Performance: Analysing Diverse Characteristics of Thermal Environment in Urban Villages, Shenzhen,” in Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, eds. Luisa Brotas, Susan Roaf, and Fergus Nicol, vol. II (2017): 1829-1836.





Du, Juan. “Back to the Future: Urban Design Informed by Shenzhen’s Hidden Rural History,” in Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City, ed. Linda Vlassenrood (Rotterdam: nai010, 2016), 70-83.






Du, Juan. “Urban Villages and the Special Economic Zone – How Formal Planning and Informal Development Generated the Exceptional Urbanism of Shenzhen.” In Dai Chun (Ed.) Shenzhen Contemporary Architecture 2000-2015 (Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2016), 400-405. (In Chinese)




Du, Juan, “From Design with Nature to Design with Carbon? – A Brief History of the Low Carbon City (LCC).” Urban Environment Design, 101 (2016): 228-235. (In Chinese and English)






Du, Juan. “Home Improvement: Interventions into the Urban Informality of Hong Kong’s Hidden Interiors, Special Issue on Modernology Research in China.” Urban Flux, 51 (2016): 60-65. (In Chinese and English)






Du, Juan, Phil Jones, Dorothy Tang, Ivan Valin, and Natalia Echeverri. “Low Carbon City – A Designer’s Manual.” In Seeking A Path To Future Low Carbon Cities (Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press, 2015), 170-179. (In Chinese and English)




Du, Juan. “The Shenzhen Effect: The story behind Shenzhen’s three-decade transformation from village to megacity.” Weapons of Reason, October, 2015