Urban Design of Tang-gang New Town’s Central Dynamic Zone

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Anshan is China’s steel capital. The city was founded in the Ming Dynasty in 1387. Its steel industry started in 1916 and saw the biggest development in the first three decades after the CCP took control of China in 1948. The city suffered an economic decline in recent two decades as the steel demand dwindled. The city hasn’t been able to compete with Dalian or Shenyang due to a lack of economic diversity. The government calls for a revival of the economy and announces a plan to build a new town in the southern region called Tang-gang.

* This Project scope is a detailed urban design for New Town’s CDZ of 8.9 SQUARE KILOMETERS

Tang-gang is known for its natural scenery and tourism. Phase 1 of New Town has an overall area of 55 sq km. Its central dynamic zone (CDZ) of about 8.9 sq km. It will include civic centers, government centers, commercial CBD, tourism centers, and conference centers. After winning an international design competition, SAAN was commissioned to provide comprehensive guidelines for urban design and real estate development in the CDZ.

SAAN’s planning scheme establishes four criteria for the new town: active city, open city, beautiful city, and healthy city. A sustainable model of the ecological city is used to design the physical forms of the CDZ, which is based on Anshan’s topography, CDZ’s functional relationship, and requirements for a humane environment.

* We embedded a wetland park inside the new town’s central zone

A total of eleven (11) urban parks are created within the CDZ along with twelve (12) city centers of special functionalities and urban themes. There is a natural waterway running through the site, from which three dams are designed to form a meandering lake and river system for the CDZ. Storm and drought prevention are systematically designed with this waterway system. It provides a focal center and a dynamic source of energy that links the entire CDZ together. We proudly embedded a wetland park inside Tang-Gang’s new town’s CDZ.

Several axes are established as binding and driving forces for circulation and passage, including the north-south political axis, east-west commerce axis, vee-shape art and technology axis, and arc resort-leisure-celebration axis.

* We strived to Maintain a garden-like city center

The skyline of CDZ is designed to correspond with various building densities and be harmonic with the natural landscape of hills in the background. The goal is to maintain a garden city appeal. Locations of landmarks are designed to give CDZ a unique identity and distinction, such as the Anshan Steel Tower at the entry of CDZ, the re-adapted Art District from the existing locomotive engine plant, Civic Circle, the marshland mile, and the Water Plaza, etc. Architectural guidelines are specified for each special-use district. Zoning requirements are compiled for each land-use parcel in the entire CDZ.

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