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PDRc win comp to design Chinese city

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London-based PDRc has won an international competition to design a new city in northern China

The practice, working with local firm Archiland, will now develop its plan for Tianjin Science and Technology City and provide detailed designs for the first phase.

The Chinese government is developing the city to lure leading scientific and technological researchers back to the country, primarily from the US.

Covering an area of 40 sq km, the city will take 10 years to build and represents PDRc’s largest scheme in the country to date in terms of area.

PDRc chief Peter Verity told AJ: ‘It will be a city the size of Milton Keynes, but 30 storeys high. It will have a capacity of at least 2 million people.’

There are no set details of land use, as PDRc has requested flexibility be built into the plan.

The city will be ecologically sound. It will be pedestrian orientated with a public transit system and direct connections to the bullet train and airport.

PDRc aims to protect and increase the existing area of wetland to enhance bio-diversity in the sub-region.

Earlier this year, PDRc won another major masterplanning competition in China, for the regeneration of a riverside slice of Shanghai.

The firm’s winning design, The Shanghai Ribbon of Life, will see it put together a continuous environmental corridor alongside the Suzhou River in the Chinese city.

Amenities including 20 museums and galleries will be linked by a network of water buses, water taxis and bicycle paths.

Verity told AJ the key to its success in China was operating on both a micro and a macro level.

‘No-one else is thinking strategically and architecturally simultaneously,’ he said.


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