Wuxi Taihu New City is an approximately 500-hectare master plan that reconnects the city with its waterfront and creates dense, walkable neighborhoods oriented around a central park. The master plan, by SOM in collaboration with Tom Leader Studio, involves an extensive open space network to improve quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing region. Taihu Basin, the region surrounding Wuxi, is home to over 50 million people and is one of the most developed regions of China. The Wuxi Taihu New City master plan represents a new model for compact urban development in China that enhances the existing landscape and creates value through parks and a new public waterfront.
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As part of Beijing Design Week the “Hutopolis: city visions” is an exhibition that collects one year of research, experiments and events organized in Asia and Europe by the Hutopolis research program with the goal of creating feasible solutions for urban planning in China.
Soft and physical strategies, visions and ideas have been developed taking Beijing as case study Conceived as a collaborative network featuring a series of proposals from different backgrounds, the exhibition showcases strategies based on four sites in both historical and modern areas of the city.
Continue reading EXHIBITION | Hutopolis: City visions 2012.9.28-10.10
The project consists of four buildings new buildings and two existing buildings which combine to form a large central courtyard and a series of smaller courtyards. The overall layout demonstrates China’s traditional culture through a strong integration of architecture and site design. The building forms and proportions reflect traditional architectural characteristics and symbols with contemporary colors and sustainable materials. The resulting combination fully embodies the characteristics of internationalization.
Continue reading Shengli Oilfield Conference Center | Donying P.R.C. | Leedscape
The Celtic garden was awarded in IFLA’s (International Federation of Landscape Architecture) international competition of landscape architecture and is going to be part of a 176 large park built on the occasion of the 2013 universal landscape art exhibition taking place in Jinzhou, China.
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Dalian Eco-Wisdom Business Park is a new commercial development in Dalian, in the Liao Ning Province of the People’s Republic of China. The park includes a 5000-staff call centre, research and development offices, an employee dormitory and a series of luxury executive villas.
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We envision this project as an opportunity to reach a large number of people, where we are able to showcase the use of native plants in a region and country that has been going through extensive ecological changes in a short period of time. We hope to bring a fresh perspective to these plants and their original habitats, using the pavilion space to showcase, through graphic materials, the different ecosystems where the plants originate. The plant palette will consist of native grasses, wetland plants such as cattails, and native trees.
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SWA Group recently won an invited design competition for Suzhou Center, a 26.5-hectare site located in Suzhou’s still-developing Central Business District, with office, hotel, residential buildings, retail corridors, transit, roof gardens, canals and waterfront parks adjacent to historic Jinji Lake. The landmark Suzhou Center design, which is planned to break ground in April 2012, creates a signature city-center of urban offerings, greenspace and lakefront amenities along an approximately 2-km visual corridor reminiscent of the Washington Mall, Champs Elysees in Paris and other grand urban spines. A striking 88-story arched Gateway Tower, now under construction toward completion in late 2012, anchors the Suzhou Center development. Its arch shape encases the visual corridor connecting Old Town and the city’s other urban center, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Central Business District.
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