Consolidating Strengths in Tongzhou to Create a Modern, International New City

A feast of wisdom: leaders and experts advise on development of the NewCity

Recently, at the Forum on Development of Tongzhou Modern International NewCity amid the Construction of World-Class City, co-organized by the BeijingMunicipal Commission of Development and Reform and the Tongzhou People’sGovernment, more than 300 leaders from national ministries and commissions,municipal government officials, experts and scholars, representatives frommunicipal commissions, offices and bureaus, business professionals andjournalists gathered together to provide suggestions on the development of theModern International New City through keynote speeches and round tablediscussions.

Some leaders attending the conference put forward that three concepts,”low carbon”, “green” and “sustainability”, should be taken into considerationduring planning and construction of Tongzhou Modern International New City.

Experts advised Tongzhou Modern International New City to form the modernindustrial system focusing on the main line to accelerate shifts of economicdevelopment modes.

In addition, the new city will go on with park-oriented industrialdevelopment to reduce production costs, improve the utilization level ofpublic facilities, increase the utilization efficiency of energy and resources,enhance pollution prevention and treatment and enhance cooperation amongenterprises through the co-management of economic and environmental issues.

Some leaders said that the district should allow farmers to benefit fromthe construction of Tongzhou Modern International New city.

Scientific and orderly construction of Tongzhou New City with breakthroughplanning

Government officials of Tongzhou district said at the forum that planningserves as a very important guidance for the development of Tongzhou into amodern, international new city. As a result, the local government invitedleading planning experts from both home and abroad to demonstrate and deepenthe New City planning, in a move to take advantage of the most advancedinternational urban design concepts while drawing on some successful casesconcerning construction of the world’s major cities. Located at the junctionof five rivers at the source of the canal, the planned central area of the newcity now covers an area of 48 square km and brings together cultural relicsand historic sites, such as the Lantern Lighting Pagoda and the FoodInspection House, and is also a place where a number of main access roads,including the Tongzhou-Yanjiao express highway and Tongshun Road cross,reflecting an export-oriented development strategy as well as ecologicalcharacteristics and historical and cultural connotations.

The new planning focuses on the junction of five rivers at the core of thecanal, with the Beiyun and Tonghui rivers planned as axis, a water zone andYuantoudao as the landscape center and southern and northern commercial zonesas the industrial base of the city. A high-rise building group is planned inthe southern and northern commercial zones while low-density zones are put inplace around Yuantoudao and the Lantern Lighting Pagoda in view of protectivedevelopment of the canal culture.

Three features of the new planning will include: 1) Water ecology. The newplanning pays special attention to water to fully demonstrate the ecologicalcharacteristics of Tongzhou, which has many rivers and substantial waterresources. According to the new planning, a unique water zone will be createdaround the Lantern Lighting Pagoda, and Binhe Road along the canal will bemoved out, with part of it to be built as underpass, so as to provide thebiggest possible water space for the city’s buildings. In addition, in linewith the construction of the central area, special water planning has beendeveloped to strengthen water environment governance and improve the qualityof water, bringing a splendid landscape with clean water and green banks. 2)Low-carbon environmental protection. Tongzhou has taken the lead in developinga low-carbon urban indicator system used in various aspects of urbanconstruction. For instance, ground traffic design, which meets therequirements of pedestrians, bikes and buses, uses clean fuels to the largestextent possible, helping to create a green transport network. As for energyuse, new methods of energy supply are widely utilized, including solar energy,natural gas supply systems combining cooling, heat and power, and water sourceheat pump systems. Green construction materials and scientific achievements,such as roof greening and energy saving design, are widely used forconstruction design. Advanced technologies, including water resource and rainwater recycling systems, vacuum waste collection systems and intelligent grids,are used to enhance the application of low-carbon technologies in an urbanmanagement. 3) Integrated use of underground space. The underground space ofthe central area will utilize a three dimensional development model, withmotor roads, railway lines, transport hubs, parking lots and supportingfacilities to be planned as a whole, in order to improve interconnection andintercommunication among underground spaces, creating an unblocked undergroundcorridor. In the meantime, urban pipe gallery technology has been adopted forcomprehensive arrangement of the municipal underground network, which will beunder unified management and maintenance to avoid repeat repairs of roads.

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