NDA masterplan ensures Dalian’s sustainable future
Dalian Aeropolis is a 168-sq-km, mixed-use new urban waterfront development site in the northern part of Dalian (China), an area with a strong industrial and fishing history. The site is articulated around the Dalian new Sports City, the Dalian new international airport and the new public transportation hub. The city is defined by its long coastal area and constraining mountainous relief making land reclamation the most viable choice in meeting the expansion needs of the city.
NDA's vision of Dalian Aeropolis is to plan a sustainable urban environment, creating a 'balanced' city where all aspects of life - from work to leisure - can occur harmoniously in the same place, bringing high quality of life to its inhabitants as well as significantly improving the long-term economic value of the region.
With a lack of water and soil available for reclamation, NDA's proposal of creating man-made lakes both ensures a dependable water supply for the future and caters for the volume of soil required for the reclamation. The plan also integrates Dalian's existing fishing and agricultural resources with the creation of a natural green sanctuary and the development of local communities in modernised villages. The provision of a large offshore wind farm and tidal power stations designed according to the seabed structure will minimise dependency on non renewable energy and maximise ecological sensitivity.
Dalian Aeropolis will include diverse urban features, mixing residential, commercial and business areas together. These high-impact mixed-use developments will be linked by a variety of green leisure spaces and marine developments along the shore and establish an active, well-connected urban waterfront environment. The creation of a real hub between the high-speed railway station, the local subway network and the airport will leverage the transportation infrastructure and maximise people's access to public transportation. Expected to be populated by a community of 1 million people by 2023, the zone will be fully completed by 2030.