SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

From bustler – of particular interest is the relationship of the site to the high speed rail links and to the ecological systems of Turenscapes central wetland park, both critical for the success of the project if it is to fulfill its design intent.

In an international design competiton for the rapid development of satellite cities along Chinese high speed rail corridors, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill‘s Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan has just been named the winning submission.

Aerial view of SOM's competition-winning Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan (Image: SOM)

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Aerial view of SOM’s competition-winning Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan (Image: SOM)

Project Description from the Architects:

The winning SOM plan leverages the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor by centering the new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed-rail line linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin. The city expansion will host 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of China’s GDP. Continue reading

For Saving Energy, Like Real Estate, The Three Most Important Things Are Location, Location and Location : via TreeHugger

Here is an excellent article from treehugger by Lloyd Alter, Toronto that really gives the low down data on why compact city living is the most sustainable with excellent references to information backing up the postulate.

The one downside we all know is that the policies of most cities don’t reward compact living, especially in South African cities, lack of safe reliable public transport is a problem which BRT systems are (slowly) trying to address – developers are stepping into the breach though and building inner city lofts and reviving the CBD of the cities  with urban regeneration projects.


Union Square, New York, Image Credit Lloyd Alter


‘After lecturing on “deep green design”, (I am adjunct Professor at Ryerson School of Interior DesignPassivhaus and the fancy gizmo technologies of green building, one of my students said “but not everyone can afford this! How are normal working people going to live?”

A couple of years ago, that would have been a difficult question to answer. But lately, the answer had become a lot clearer: We don’t all have to drive LEAFS and Volts and live in Passivhauses. In fact, it might even be counterproductive. Now, more and more tools and studies are making it very clear that just like in real estate, when it comes to energy consumption and climate change, the three most important things to consider are location, location and location.

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