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Aerial View
Aerial View

We spotted this new super green city development model over on Inhabitat that will support 350,000 residents in Tianjin.  The model places a strong emphasis on landscaping as residential towers rise amidst the parks, promenades and valleys that create the plan’s primary network.    Designed by Surbana Urban Planning Group, the scheme divides the city into seven sectors which vary in terms of landscape and programmatic offerings.

More images and more about the plan after the break.

Organized into seven parts, the plan will boast a Lifescape, an Eco-Valley, a Solarscape, an Urbanscape, a Windscape, an Earthscape and Eco-Corridors that will offer residents a different landscape ranging from the stepped, terraced greenery of the Earthscape to the more futuristic soil-shaped mounds of the Lifescape. While some areas, such as the Urbanscape, will be more compact with higher density buildings, the plan also provides areas for smaller developments, such as its Windscape section.


Users will be encouraged to take advantage of the city’s light rail system to navigate the differing sections, and the public system will help to drastically reduce the city’s carbon emissions.

In addition to the extensive use of landscaping, the project also incorporates sustainable technologies – solar and wind power, rainwater harvesting, desalination, to name a few.

The Earthscape
The Earthscape

The project is an interesting attempt to tie the necessary variety of urban buildings together by a cohesive landscaped thread.   The strength of the proposal lies in the ability for the landscape itself to become a flexible entity that is also defined and shaped to offer different experiences to users. This plan is expected to be completed in 2020.

Images from Inhabitat via OpenBuildings

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Tianjin Eco-City / Surbana Urban Planning Group" 11 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>