Building a city district around an mega event
Qingdao Hills Eco Urban District
Location: Qingdao, China
Client: Urban Planning Bureau of Qingdao
Programme: 200 km2 regional plan, 17 km2 framework masterplan, 3km2 masterplan: Masterplan for a new sustainable city quarter, total GFA 17 mio m2mixed use including 6 programmatic centers
In 2014 Qingdao was hosting the International Horticultural Exposition. The city chose a site at the northern fringe of Qingdao towards Laoshan Mountains. From the outset the exposition was planned to be the driver for the development of a wider urban district with ecological ambition.
Our proposal for the international competition stresses that ‘eco’ development must go beyond the mere application of low-carbon technologies. Our masterplan proposes 12 strategies for a liveable urban quarter that encourages alternative development model and a sustainable lifestyle.
The strategies range from how to create walkable neighbourhoods oriented on high-class public transport, how to bring nature into the city along the river parks and how to make the Mountain National Park accessible for urban leisure activities and careful tourism. By combining city and mountain qualities Qingdao Hills can become an attractive district that matches the most liveable neighbourhoods in the world.
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Pinar BozoglanShuying Lin, Magdalena Szczypka, Martin Probst, Milena Zaklanovic, Ma Weixong
Atelier Dreiseitl, Shenzhen IBR