Principal MARS Architects / Director DCF
Neville Mars is a Dutch architect and planner and principal of MARS Architects, Shanghai, an award winning design studio with twenty years of experience in Asia and buildings realized in Europe and Central America. MARS Architects has a strong focus on sustainable planning and has developed over a dozen integrated planning projects across Asia, including the Sino-Dutch Ecocity in Shenzhen, the Beijing 798 Art District, strategy vision United Mumbai, the comprehensive land use plan of Tacloban for UN-Habitat in the Philippines, and the strategic masterplan of Sustainable Pudong 2040. Recent projects include the winning masterplan for a new town in Wuhan and the sustainable master plan of an IT district in Chengdu. For the coming year MARS has been granted funding for a large-scale study of Central Java. Using big data the objective is to re-conceptualise its dense countryside as a post-COVID rural megalopolis. Dr. Mars is the director of the Dynamic City Foundation (DCF), a non-profit research platform investigating rapid urbanization in Asia. Working across scales and disciplines DCF produces projects such as the research exhibition “Social Mobility” with 2x4 NY, which aim to bridge the gap between urban theory and practice. Recently, DCF has delivered a comprehensive policy study for the Circular Development of Shanghai.