Chapman Taylor masterplanning 678-hectare Songzhuang Xiaopu Artists Town near Beijing, China

Chapman Taylor is masterplanning a new urban cultural district in the largest and most well-known artists' community in China.

Home to over 7,000 artists since the 1990s, the community has a unique cultural village character which is an attraction for many visitors.

Chapman Taylor’s masterplan concept for the Songzhuang Xiaopu Artists Town creates a special urban ambience appropriate for this “Art City”, completely in synergy with the surrounding landscape.

The 678-hectare site will be focused on two new and renovated art villages, each with its own distinct character and dynamics. The art villages are connected by new urban boulevards and green belts to coordinate the currently disparate functions. The existing village is to be renovated to provide a predominantly pedestrianised system of new streets and squares.

The proposed new road system, including a ring road hosting key commercial and social functions, will help to open the new art hub to the wider region.

The project will provide a suitably vibrant cultural platform in which the art community can flourish, while also attracting international visitors.

Johnny Jiang (MArch MDA (Master of Design Arts))

Director, Shanghai

Johnny has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led many important, large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

He plays a leading role in some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Johnny joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-use

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