Changyuan CBD Masterplan

Conceptual Masterplan

Changyuan, Henan province, China

Year: 2012 – 2020

Status: Under Construction

Mixed-Use Masterplan – 5,500,000 m²
Housing for 90,000 people, retail, culture, services, green space, and a CBD area with a large mall, office buildings and retail

Urban Systems was commissioned for a detailed research and design framework for the masterplanning of a New Urban Center of around 2.2 by 2 km, connecting to and complementing an existing city in Henan province, China.

The masterplan incorporates a variable density planning strategy that creates varied neighbourhood qualities and building typologies based on the existing and altered housing typologies, water management networks and other infrastructural systems.

Through the setting up of a customised digital model that translates economical and spatial relationships into building massing arrangements and circulation networks, we were able to create a flexible planning model that could be adjusted throughout several stages of development with clients, local government and external consultants.

While carefully controlling the building densities, program distribution, sunlight and green space access for each of the new plots, the masterplan offers a open-ended planning framework for the further architectural development of this new urban district.

It challenges classical masterplanning strategies of strict programmatic zoning and clustering of mono-cultural building typologies and proposes a refined mixing strategy of buildings types, programs and open spaces that stimulates the longer term economic sustainability of city life against the backdrop of China’s rapidly transforming urban culture.

Design Team:
Jeroen van Ameijde / Brendon Carlin / Joohyun Cho / James Chung / Lei Guo / Carrie Lim / Kyunglim Park / Felipe Ignacio Sepulveda Rojas / Evan Weng / Yu Zheng

Relational Urbanism, London
ARUP, London (initial consulting)
Tongji University (infrastructure design)