The goal of the masterplan is to create a sustainable “eco-city” that serves as a model for intelligent and environmentally sustainable urban growth. The 26-square kilometer complex is located along the ancient Yellow River, which connects two of the largest freshwater lakes in China. In anticipation of significant growth in the SuQian region, the planning strategy creates a series of distinct districts connected by pedestrian walkways, bikeways and greenways linked to mass transit such as water taxis and electric buses. Each district contains a series of canals, islands, and wetlands that frame the linear urban core focused on hydro-technology, water sports, waterfront residences, and wellness industries. Landscape parks follow the river’s edge to keep rainwater within the freshwater eco-system and to prevent urban flooding.
Design Principals: Christopher Groesbeck, Nan Zhou, and Serena Yu Wen / Architect of Record: VOABJ