Site: 15.5 square miles
This 15.5 square mile comprehensive urban master plan redesigns Guangzhou’s southern city center. The purpose of this master plan is threefold – to identify and assimilate developments, historic buildings and infrastructure worth retention; to develop a cohesive core plan that will clearly define open spaces, waterways, and pedestrian, vehicular and transit circulation patterns; and to provide a visionary framework for future urban development. This plan incorporates waterfront and transit oriented development with a ferry terminal, central government districts, and a variety of urban land uses. An inverted T-shaped greenbelt axis serves as the key concept for the master plan, creating an eco-corridor between the TV tower on the north end and the Pearl River on the south end, and connections to an east-west axis, all culminating in a major Pearl River waterfront. Mixed-use neighborhood nodes at transit stations will run along this corridor, linked to the waterfront landscape by a proposed light rail system. An east-west directional river corridor along the Pearl River will preserve wide sections of the river for public access and open space. In addition, special attention was given to the plan’s integration of traditional Lingnan culture in the design.