2011 Recipient | AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design
Beijing CBD East Expansion | Notes of Interest
Located in the heart of Beijing, the Central Business District (CBD) has emerged over the past decade as China's primary global business address and is now poised for an eastward expansion that will almost double its size. The CBD Eastern Expansion Plan defines opportunities for the growth of commerce, industry, culture and the arts by establishing a flexible framework for growth and an environmentally sustainable approach to 21st Century city design.
Accommodating up to 7 million square meters of new development over a 3 square kilometer site, the plan calls for a restored commitment to public open space and a heightened focus on connectivity and mobility through advanced public transportation systems. A district-wide intelligent infrastructure system, composed of integrated utilities and controlled by smart technology, enables the CBD to function at optimum efficiencies and creates a model for large-scale, low-carbon, urban development.
With public open space largely absent in the existing CBD, or at best scattered and disconnected, the plan calls for signature parks as the center of new urban districts. Green boulevards connect the parks to provide a comprehensive open space network.
- Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett
- Photo Credit: © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
A compelling vision for an expanded dense city core that is environmentally sound, with intertwined linear parks creating a variety of pedestrian opportunities, and believably defining and linking multiple districts into a livable city.
In the midst of great density, Beijing has found a sensitive way to incorporate environmental sustainability into its expanded business district.
This project shows how planning for a cohesive central business district is the best strategy for truly sustainable development.
2011 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design Jury
- Daniel Williams, FAIA, (Chair)
- Daniel Williams Architect
- C.R. George Dove, FAIA
- WDG Architecture, PLLC
- Washington, D.C.
- Vivien Li
- Boston Harbor Association, Public Director
- Claire Weisz, AIA
- Weisz + Yoes Architecture
- New York City
- Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA
- Zyscovich, Inc.