Xiong’an New Area Urban Masterplan Location City: Xiong'an, China

Smart City technology and Sponge City solutions in rapidly developing Xiong'an.

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Masterplanning, Mixed Use
London, Shanghai
Xiong'an New District Planning & Construction Bureau


Key Info

Smart City urban districts including residential, educational, commercial, medical, public transportation, cultural and sports facilities with a sponge city landscaping strategy.
27,200 hectares
Sponge city principles
Masterplan Concept stage

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Efficient Smart City design

Chapman Taylor has created competition-winning urban masterplan designs for a 27,200-hectare site in Xiong’an New Area in China’s Hebei province. This is a government-supported urban development project which aims to create a high-quality, efficient and smart city environment which encourages equality and sustainability.

A wide range of spaces and functions

Chapman Taylor’s masterplan creates technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable designs for Zangang Cluster and Xiongdong District while enhancing the surrounding environment and protecting historic cultural sites.

The urban design is inspired by the traditional Chinese spirit of harmony, integrating the city and nature to create a healthy, sustainable and beautiful garden city. The design envisages a diverse range of spaces, functions and amenities which will help to promote innovation, creativity and wellbeing while honouring the region’s history and culture.

Sponge City principles

Our design used quantitative analysis of the site’s ecological characteristics and proposes the diversion of water to serve the needs of the city as it develops while improving the waterways system and preserving and upgrading the existing water resources.

Landscaping will be optimised to create a sponge city solution which combines an urban stormwater management system and a natural water filtration system. The system will replenish underground water reserves and municipal water supplies, with spare water being used at Daqinghe and Baiyangdian.

Flexible and people-focused

The project is people-orientated, fully considering the physical and mental wellbeing of people of all ages and levels of ability. The masterplan ensures that everything that people require is provided within 15 minutes’ walking distance from their homes. The spatial layout ensures that educational, commercial, medical, public transportation, cultural and sports facilities are all provided within a walkable distance.

The designs are flexible and capable of easy adaptation to the rapidly evolving needs of people, society and the economy, including changes in transportation patterns, industry, the area’s landscape and ecology, technology, architectural functions and uses.

Yichun Xu (M.U.P.)

Associate Director, Shanghai

Graduating from the University of Michigan (Postgraduate) and Nanjing University (Undergraduate), Yichun has 4 years of experience working in New York, and 3 years of experience working in China, before joining Chapman Taylor in 2018.

As an expert in the Chinese market, she has worked on a wide range of design projects including largescale masterplans, urban design projects, tourism planning, station design, landscape design and architecture projects.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Urban Design / Project Management

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