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Qianhai Water City

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Shenzhen, China
Project Team

Master Plan (Competition):
James Corner Field Operations (Lead)
E Design Dynamics - Water ecology

Pilot Zone:
James Corner Field Operations (Lead)
Burohappold – (Water course design and flood Risk Assessment, Marine Engineer and Seawall Design)
Zhubo Design – (local architect of record)

Field Operations was commissioned to develop the master plan for a vibrant new city on 4,500 acres of reclaimed land – a city that is dense, compact, mixed, sustainable and centered around the water. Five distinct development sub-districts are defined by “water fingers” which function as innovative water quality infrastructures and parkland. The urban fabric within each development sub-district creates a range of inter-connected urban neighborhoods. The result is a hyper-dense, ecologically sensitive urban territory with an iconic waterfront, diverse building stock, cultural and recreational features, and unique, inter- connected public open spaces. A water finger prototype is currently under construction.

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