99 hectare masterplan informing planning policy for a new urban district on the periphery of Chengdu.
The commission was to provide an urban design master plan for the 99 hectare Sanhe area around a new station along the metro No.3 line extension in North Chengdu. The extension of the Metro Line 3 brings with it opportunities to connect Xindu to the centre of Chengdu, and act as a catalyst for growth in this emerging area of the city.
Our challenge was to offer an alternative to normal models of urban Chinese development that favour isolated superblocks, gated compounds and course-grained land use zoning.
The Big Idea
This project was an opportunity to think about the future form of the Chinese city at the metropolitan periphery.
Our concept is captured as ‘Three Rivers, Three Neighbourhoods’. Within the rapidly expanding urbanism of Chengdu, this master plan argues for a place-based type of development as an antidote to the anonymity of suburbia.
Around Sanhe station, a new area will develop exemplifying transit oriented development. The master plan encourages healthy living and community cohesion or ‘neighbourliness’. It will be an exemplary residential community with its own local commercial focus, with shared amenities, public spaces and attractive streets.
Sanhe has historically been a bridge between Chengdu and its outlying area to the north. Just as many years ago, the Silk Road acted as a bridge between cultures encouraging growth and knowledge exchange, so too does the metro line extension bring economic and social benefits.