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Massing view of Xiong'an

Massing view of our proposal for Xiong'an



Aerial view of the masterplan

A Fully Integrated City

Xiong’an Future City

Working with Canary Wharf Group, we developed concepts for potentially the most ambitious urban project of the 21st century—a new city, three times larger than New York City, located 100 kilometres southwest of Beijing, China. Our thinking was centred around how to translate characteristics of successful cities into a new context, integrating these thoughts with advanced and sustainable technologies.

The concepts we developed included creating the most liveable urban environment possible, with an emphasis on nature, culture and health; integrating water for sustainable local climatic control in a region with huge variations in its seasonal weather conditions; and implementing car-free transport infrastructure with an emphasis on walkable neighbourhoods with easy access to amenities and community facilities.

At Xiong'an, our overarching vision was to develop a dense and complex urban core that is not zoned but instead has a rich mix of uses with distinct character areas—a model that is in contrast with the traditional 20th century zoned city with its activities separated and linked mainly by major road networks. This vision is one that builds complexity and quality of urban fabric from clear principles of maximising quality of life and enhancing natural ecosystems.

Client Canary Wharf Group
Location China
Status Unrealised
Glenn Howells