Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design

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Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history.  As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values.  In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city.  This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.

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Suzhou Center | Suzhou China | SWA

 Suzhou Center | Suzhou China | SWA

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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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]

2010 IFLA Congress – Day 3

IFLA Congress Day 3 included 6 different tours that delegates could take around Jiangsu Province including historical Chinese water towns, gardens, parks and new cities and returned for the Closing ceremony and Gala Dinner.

2010 IFLA Congress – Day 2

Day 2 saw 80 local and international speakers give presentations throughout the day covering a wide range of topics including design, planning, heritage, business and many others.

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