China to create megacity with 42 million residents *UPDATE*

*UPDATE* The report that Guangdong planned to create a megacity is ‘false’ according to Guangdong government officials. The plan is to strength the transport links and public services between the cities. The government under the formal ‘outline’ plan from 2008 will develop three economic circles Guangfozhao (Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing), Shenguanhui (Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou) and Zhuzhongjiang (Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen) – will be developed in the near future. [SOURCE: China.org.cn]
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According to the Telegraph the urban planners in the Pearl River Delta are set to join 9 cities under the “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme create one mega city that is 16,000 square miles. The cities included in the scheme include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. According to the consultant Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute they undertaking this plan to allow services to be spread across the mega-city, reduce phone call costs and have universal high speed rail and metro train cards.

Whether we call the plan a mega-city or mega-region its still a large urban planning and services task. That involves one the largest manufacturing regions of the world. The speed at which it will move will be dependent on how successfully it is implemented.

The mega-city plan is big and bold like many in China and is in keeping with the current economic plan of mega-regions with two or more cities – Yangzte River Delta(Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Changzhou, Ningbo) , Bohai Economic Area (Beijing, Tianjin),  Sichuan Basin(Chongqing, Chengdu), Pearl River Delta(Guangzhou, Shenzhen & Hong Kong), Cross Strait Economic Area (Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Shantou). These mega-regions have between 23 million to 120 million people.

Read more at the [Telegraph]

UNStudio presents Raffles City, Hangzhou

RCH_080724_K04_LONG_FACADEUNStudio’s mixed-use Raffles City development is located near the Qiangtan River in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, located 180 kilometres southwest of Shanghai. With a city population of 1.69 million, Hangzhou is one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China and is well known for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly in the West Lake area.

According to Ben van Berkel, “The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist; by focussing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.”

Raffles City Hangzhou is due for realisation in 2012. After four years of planning and construction, it will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas. Raffles City Hangzhou will provide a total floor area of almost 300,000 square metres.

UNStudio’s Raffles City in Hangzhou will be CapitaLand’s sixth Raffles City, following those in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain. UNStudio’s Raffles City Hangzhou incorporates retail, offices, housing and hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the Quianjiang New Town Area.

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