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Marecon & partners win award Masterplan Shenzhen
May 29, 2015

Marecon and it’s partners Deerns Consulting Engineers and Kuiper Compagnons participated in the competition PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon City and Architecture. The competition intended to attract the best low carbon city solutions from international contestants from all over the world.Out of 23 contestants the design of our team was awarded the 4th prize.


Shenzhen International Low Carbon City (ILCC) lies on Pingdi community ofLonggang District, in the northeast of Shenzhen and near Huizhou. The total planning area is about 53 km2. ILCC’s pilot zone lies on Gaoqiao, PINGDI Community, Longgang District. The total planning area is about 1 km2.


Conclusion present situation

We have identified that a core question in this competition is how to make this new to develop Low Carbon pilot area a success? How to make it attractive for investors, residents and achieve low carbon objectives. How to make it contribute in transformation to the new strategy of China in transformation to sustainable and service oriented economy.


The team’s main conclusion regarding the present situation was that the primary key to success is accessibility. Currently, this fails. The planning of Pingdi is lacking a direct access of the north by a frequent and fast public transport mode, establishment of a vital neighbourhood and attractiveness for investors, residents and businesses will be hindered. This will be the crux for the completion of the area/neighbourhood.


Establishment of such a connection will increase land value, attract mixed use, investors and businesses, recover existing buildings by introduction of a wider

variety of functions and make sustainable features feasible, thus create a high standard and generate sustainable use by inhabitants around the area.


Create a new city entry hub which comes out of current planning and connect with the North and an adjacent area across the river to be developed as new IT Campus with mixed function with high quality facilities for businesses, research, living, recreation, shopping thus strengthening the existing research clusters in medical and aerospace adjacent to the areas.


Green scalable dedicated smart infrastructure and water management were an integrated part of the concept. The new city entrance from the North with good accessibility will contribute to solving mobility problems of the existing center.


The existing transport strategy needs to be re-considered as part of the new overall area development strategy and to be aligned with Shenzhen overall future development strategy.


Low Carbon targets will be achieved by decreasing auto traffic by developing accessibility by public transport and bicycle paths, availability of amenities at walking distance through mixed functions and high density, energy neutral buildings with the use of renewables. Transport and buildings account for 70% of the CO2 production and our plan provides for the measures to reduce it drastically together with economic, financial and social benefits.


Integrated success factors in our prize winning concept design

Analysis of the success of one of the world’s most successful knowledge based innovative Techno park districts resulted in 5 factors of success:


  1. Excellent accessibility (train station, road, airport) and mobility inside area, such as good bicycle, car, public transport;

  2. Urban diversity and scale

  3. Quality of life such as vitality of urban life, diversity, education, living and working environment, recreation, nature, public services, healthcare, sport arena, sport facilities;

  4. Economic and knowledge base available

  5. Social balance by creating good public facilities, education, healthcare, recreation, availability of dwellings, available and accessible for population groups with different levels of income.

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