2022 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner | Mengyang New Town Urban Design | Holmes Miller

Mengyang new town is located north of Chengdu. It is an important logistic hub of international freight railway link, which is part of China’s “one-belt one-road” network. It is also the receiving town of the co-ordinated integral business enterprises of Chengdu and Deyang, as well as an important mainstay of the northward development strategy of Chengdu. Under this new strategy, and to expediate the development of both Pengzhou and Mengyang towns, a specific area of 39 sq,km was specially designated as an urban renewal project in order to assimilate enterprise resources with urban planning, which includes re-organisation of urban framework in order to be a stimulus for urban spatial transformation.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2022

Mengyang New Town Urban Design
Urban Design Concept

Holmes Miller

Holmes Miller

Design Team
Yi Deng, Hao Li, Nabiyom Gezaie Abera, Caijie Chen, Enquan Tang, Shuhui Li, Chengming Zhao, Tian Li, Ziyao Xiao, Jinhao Lu, Lei Du, Kaiyu Huang

Mengyang, Chengdu


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The newly proposed master plan is based on the Chinese character “feng” (丰) (meaning: “abundance”) with a unitized organic layout, as well as on the basis of integrated ecological resources with enterprise distribution. Through 5 aspects of planning principles, ie, (1) strengthened ecological layout, (2) improved spatial structure, (3) implemented enterprise layout, (4) improved transport system, (5) elevated urban value, the original urban layout is established as the “Tianfu (Szechuan) ecological hub with a green future”.

Planning Concept: Organic, Compact, Vibrant, Sharing. On the basis of re-organised eco-layout and transport network, a single-core/multi-aspect style enterprise spatial layout is formed. This utilized the central core of the modified hub to interlink with the four aspects of financial node, smart manufacturing, cultural tourism and advance cultural education in order to create this single-core/four-zone layout.

The planning design of the central core is built upon the existing old town centre to create a new core: Intelligent Island. This Island is then linked with other TOD nodes to realise the integration of modern living with ancient culture. Also, the integration of innovative tech enterprise layout with shared office facilities establishes a core of “super hub – city headquarter”, giving rise to a new urban centre of smart intelligence, services, commerce and culture.

Along the eco-axis, a grid-layout of open space forms the multi-aspect city park and shared urban space. Combined with the slow traffic system, an interconnected urban public open space system is established. By increasing the water network and widening the greenway, a new natural vent-corridor is formed upon the original layout to act as a regulator for climatic conditions, thus further enhancing the eco-city concept.