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Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City is a fascinating, 30 square kilometer development designed as a model for future developing Chinese cities.

As China rapidly modernizes there is a need to create a sustainable city model. Situated 45 kilometers from Tianjin City and 150 kilometers from the Chinese capital of Beijing, the site of the Tianjin Eco-City is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the business parks at the Tianjin Economic-Development Area. The Tianjin Eco-City is expected to house 350,000 residents when the project is fully completed in 2020.  A conscious effort was made not to create a generic city but instead to create a sense of place.  The design themes would be based on the key components of an ecosystem.

Located at the heart of the Eco-City, at the confluence of the historical Ji Canal will be the Lifescape. This will be the conference and exposition center which will be surrounded by greenery and soil-topped mounds. The Eco-Valley will extend 5 kilometers north and south-wards and at the 11 kilometer long manmade channel that traverses the site longitudinally. This will serve as a transit corridor from which a light rail transit system will operate.

Interwoven within the 200 meter wide Eco-Valley is the green and urban spines. The green spine acts as both a recreational park-scape, green buffer as well as an ecological corridor through which flora and fauna can propagate and traverse through the Eco-City. The urban spine consisting of footpaths, cycling tracks and communal facilities, run parallel to the green spine.

The Urbanscape is a dense, compact city core where facilities are located within close proximity of each other. Programs are stacked, layered and interconnected by sky-bridges at multiple levels to make efficient use of vertical space. This set of coordinated, integrated urban design solutions for the Eco-City creates a livable and imaginable city that transcends the practicality of an ecosystem. This approach aims to create a fondness between residents and the ecology.

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