UK practise shortlisted to create conceptual urban plan for Pingshan New Zone
Following preliminary design concept submission, John Thompson & Partners was shortlisted to carry out conceptual urban planning for Pingshan New Zone, a four sq km subcentre within Shenzhen, China. The masterplan is underpinned by a bioclimatic design approach - to minimise energy consumption and enhance the natural environment.
New linear parks and planting have been designed to spread the landscape from NW to SE to allow cooling northerly (night) and southerly (day) winds to permeate the development, with the main transport routes sharing the same lines. The polluted river to the south is diverted through cleansing reed beds to loop into the development and meet the converging landscape, transport and wind corridors at its centre. The scheme was informed by climate analysis and the proportions of vernacular architecture to create the most effective passive design and minimise the need for mechanical cooling.
The next stage of work will be complete at the end of May and a shortlist of three will be announced in June. It is expected that the final Pingshan design will be based on a combination of these plans. Shenzhen’s Pingshan New Zone, bordering Huizhou City, was established in June 2009 to be administratively separate from Longgang District and is intended as a world class low-carbon green zone. The new zone will focus on the low-carbon economy, green transportation, the use of new energy, resource recycling, and the coexistence of industrialization and urbanization.
John Thompson & Partners is the only British practise selected within the shortlist of six that also includes: Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Huahui Design Ltd, SCAU Architects, Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research and Singapore SCP Consultants Pte. Ltd.