Southern Island of Creativity / Chengdu Urban Design Research Center

bird's eye view 01

Designed by Chengdu Urban Design Research Center, the “Southern Island of Creativity” is the start-up phase land of the Eastern New Town which endeavors to develop creative industry and is one of the 13 strategic function zones of future , . The Eastern New Town consists of three “Islands” based on their varied topography. The southern one is located in hallow hills, which stands adjacent to the art village which came into being spontaneously. The design team for this project consisted of architects Liu Gang, Zhang Yang, Yu Jia, Lan Mi, and Xu Xin. More images and architects’ description after the break.

bird's eye view 02

The topography is a strong identity of this district especially in the plain city of Chengdu. It directly leads to the design outcome: the huge fall of space density between the inner part and surroundings emphasizes the morphology of an “urban island”; the topography identity is also regarded as the carrier for diverse functions (mall, retail, museum, workshop, office, hotel, residence etc.) and diverse activities such as shopping, exhibition, salon and leisure. Based on these concepts the design focuses on the following key points:

- The edge of the “island” which forms the border and splits the whole district into high and low density areas.
- The humanized consideration of the annex of the “edge” buildings.
- The chain of vitality goes through the whole island, and the diverse characteristics and space identities of each part of this “chain” are considered based upon the specific locations, functions, transportation system and topography including the urban lobby, sky street, and network of creativity.

bird's eye view 03

The urban island is the central part of the island which acts as the key node of central axis that connects the other two islands. It also includes a large open space for public on the ground and a transportation stop and interchange underneath with central tall buildings for international companies of creativity.

core district

Different layers of the “sky street” are containers for diverse activities such as shopping, refreshments, art exhibition and driving based upon the topography. The sequence of diverse building scale and connections introduce a rich, comfortable and continuous experience.

museum in the sky

Rather than creating big buildings such as museums, which is usual in many Chinese cities, we propose to introduce a sequence and network of creative industry facilities which make up the central museum, portal museums, block facilities, and the small.

Below is a video animation of their recently accomplished urban design project.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Southern Island of Creativity / Chengdu Urban Design Research Center" 26 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=145607>
  • olojd

    there is a(nother) chinese copy, these time of the BIG project for Kazakhstan, in Astana, for the national library (the sky street 06)!

    http://www.archdaily.com/33238/national-library-in-astana-kazakhstan-big/

    when will the Chinese people start to produce something, not only to make these kind of copies?

    • citi3000

      agree······

      很多的效果图,很多的X档案······

      总在空中转悠的中国城市设计的尴尬在于,领导本位的设计出发点让城市设计本身沦落为一个政治工具,在满足政府(领导)的野心和市场的贪婪这两个方面,都使它堕落到只关心对问题的解决而丧失对中国当代城市问题的敏感度。

      研究中心要做研究,不要做效果图。

      中国式城市设计,但至少不代表先进文化的方向。一个玩笑,一点无奈。这些东西给领导看看就行了

      • yang Cheung

        城市设计是多方博弈与点滴决策的过程,对于针对网站的设计说明因篇幅所限未能尽展,如果有兴趣,建议详细了解方案内容再行言论。
        该设计正在经历制作城市设计导则的阶段,为切实提升城市空间环境质量而贡献自己微薄的力量。
        anyway, thanks for ur comment

  • nyaong

    We can see all the buildings which we’ve known in this city

  • sandy zou

    come on~this’s an urban design which focuses on the quality of places, not a building design

    • John-David Carling

      and thus putting copies of someones elses buildings is very distracting from the new proposed concepts.

    • Tosh

      Can you tell me how this is URBAN DESIGN at all???

      It has nothing to do with urban design.. it looks like a couple of tall and other tiny buildings thrown on a flat piece of land.. they make no streets, all the traffic and pedestrians are separated (which basically means that the pedestrian lanes which are lifted from the ground will never be used).. the environment that this creates is totally unreal in its functionality.. it won’t work in the way the designers think it will and it will cause many problems because it is trying to be something that is socially and psychologically uncontextual to PEOPLE.. it will cause loads of travelling by car and those bits of green surrounding it will probably get built in with buildings, as randomly thrown as these ones, in about 10 years or so..

      This is bad urban design and bad architecture. Congratulations on your misunderstanding of how cities work.

      • yang Cheung

        have u ever been to China, and the city of Chengdu? if the answer is no, congratulations on ur misunderstanding :)

      • Katsudon

        Tosh, I guess you’ve never been to China. The traffic layout will work because people have no other choice to cross the street.
        It just makes the practice of the city very unconfortable and as you noticed it psychologically uncontextual, unless you’ve been born in such environment or only known this kind of city for decades…
        This is just non human-friendly, makes a big car kingdom and is opposite to a sustainable city R&D.

      • yang Cheung

        thanks to Katsudon’s sincere comment, we’ll make some changes.

  • yang Cheung

    VIMEO can’t be viewed in main land China…

  • citi3000

    很多的效果图,很多的X档案······

    总在空中转悠的中国城市设计的尴尬在于,领导本位的设计出发点让城市设计本身沦落为一个政治工具,在满足政府(领导)的野心和市场的贪婪这两个方面,都使它堕落到只关心对问题的解决而丧失对中国当代城市问题的敏感度。

    研究中心要做研究,不要做效果图。

    中国式城市设计,但至少不代表先进文化的方向。一个玩笑,一点无奈。这些东西给领导看看就行了。

    • yang Cheung

      非常感谢您的评论。
      没有任何人愿意像您说的那样去涂炭生灵。
      城市设计博弈与多方资源整合与决策的特征让设计过程本身变得复杂与充满挑战,尤其是在国内。我们都是具有强烈社会责任心的人,表达方式的热闹决不代表肤浅,作为专业评论者应该仔细观察再行言论,自由不代表肆无忌惮。并且轻易放大到云端是儿戏,不负责任,逃避现实与无力的体现。
      共勉。

  • Jtravis

    I do not see any credits in this article to the original designers of these inarguably rip-offed buildings. ArchDaily, you must be aware these are copies and yet no mention in your post?

    I think the audacity of the Chinese government to press release this atrocity is a brash exhibition of a blatant disrespect of the international design community and their corresponding governments. How will these companies/governments react to this abuse?

    Incidentally, the efforts of these Chinese folks in organizing their replicas in the site is in vein. The whole is completely void of the poetry of the parts. #fail

  • pibaba

    a typical competition in China. all the ‘famous’ projects of the past 2 years in one shot. all dress pizza!

  • BOB

    There is such a derth in creativity here… it amused me to see it tagged as “island of creativity”. generic and me too.

  • citi3000

    Tosh说的有道理,目前国内的所谓“城市设计”更多的停留在效果图层面,导则就基本是扯淡(请原谅用这个词)。空间设计与土地利用脱节,与城市生活脱节等等应该不只是成都的城市设计的特色,最无聊的是这些所谓成果的法律约束力就更不靠谱。否则就不会有所谓“复合灰”,“同一地块内建筑按比例高低错落”“干道建筑不许设阳台”这类滑稽的管理规定,明眼人一瞧就知多半是某领导路过时对城市一关心,或者一不开心,规划部门就赶紧弄出来的“导则”。作为建筑师或者规划人员,其实是有由责任在签下设计合同的时候给领导扫扫盲的,当然自身也得有那么点城市设计的真活儿。老外对这些效果图不感兴趣是有原因的,这与他到没到过成都没有关系,从您发图的倾向性已经表明了您的设计价值取向,这离他们认可的有价值的城市设计是有距离的。如果只是作网络娱乐,发什么图无所谓,当注意力从空中回到街道时,也许“城市设计”会更符合城市设计的讨论价值。建议把您的方案的文件体系的大纲给他们瞧瞧,估计会有一些更中肯的建议,这对中国的城市设计也是有益的。
    落后恐惧症和空置愉悦感把中国城市变成一个个变形金刚。外国同志也是看在眼里,急在心里。闲扯这么多,就当向党的生日献礼了。
    淡定。

    • yang Cheung

      淡定说的很好
      建议您多来中国做做城市设计,试验下您的“真活”能控制到哪个程度。(p.s. i understand foreign urban design very well)
      中国到2050年要达到75%的城市化率,现在是40%左右,我们几十年干别人上百年的事情。这些过程欧洲已经历过了,在饱和的前提下再设计是以优化为主,这也是我们梦寐以求的,呵呵
      还有导则不全是扯淡,桌上放着的urban design compendium from English Partnerships经常翻看与学习,get prepared。你说的走在路上想出来的“导则”不是导则的全部,也不能光凭这个就说中国是扯淡。看来你也很久不回国了。中国政府不像你想象的那样黑暗与无知,政策导向,文化特色,时间的压缩注定过程的坎坷,看清了这些,应该知道要实现真正有质量作品的技巧。在国内做事,心态与理想的坚持不移,伺机而发是最重要的,包括您说的扫盲。
      愤青一定要做,但要有智慧,否则就只能是陶渊明。
      最恨的是逃避姿态的纯愤青,那有个屁用!
      大纲和分析过程没有发是因为保密的原因,这也是中国特色。
      看来你是很有责任心的中国人,我们都一样。诚挚邀请您多来国内实践,为祖国贡献点真力量,
      中国人.

  • citi3000

    写中国人,并不能代表您的设计立场和策略就是一定是正确的,您在网络论坛的失策就在于企图把自己摆在领奖台的位置。archidaily不是评奖的地方,当然也不要企图在这里获取一些什么荣誉,这地方就是等拍砖的。关键是东西得获得群众认可。在这里没有国评或部评设计大师的逻辑,一切还是得群众说了算。就您现有提供的成果,老外提的意见是中肯的,文件体系大纲不至于象您说的那么神秘,所有成果如果不被规划局锁进柜子里,也是需要作为政府规划文件进行公示并提供下载文档。如果城市设计管理还没有做到这一步,那只能说真的落后了。至少现在城市设计中公众参与的环节在您这儿就严重失位了。这可不是“三个代表”的方向。
    其实就目前的成果来看,转译一下楼上群众的评价,就是”It’s just a ” building cloud desing”,not a urban design.” 他们已经给您的设计指出了改进的方向,看您自悟了。
    顺便提醒一下,不要先入为主就认定其它人不了解国情或没做多少设计,如果更进一步把它作为为自己设计辩护的大前提,显然比较致命。
    还是佩服您的勇气,各大设计院恐怕有胆量把自己东西往网上贴的不多,也真心希望中国的设计市场不要那么多施工图配合院。
    看您挺在意别人评价的,支个招吧,这地方发东西要讨巧,主要受众是老外,大设计院那套东西不灵,光大不成,就如当年一次方案汇报后,上海规划局伍局长在电梯里当着大伙面脱口而出说的:“×东院基本没想法”。首先东西得做的有趣,如果没有趣,那就显出一些人文关怀,如果人文关怀也没有,那就说说工作如何艰苦吧。
    中国城市设计还是十几年前的老套路,不要怪群众有意见。
    共勉吧。
    仍然要淡定。
    套用一句话:“对于中国的事情,我们不想改变什么,也没有能力去改变什么,所做的只是想加点什么进去。”但如何加,加什么,因人而异。
    该扯淡的都扯淡完了,不针对您个人,只是针对中国式城市设计的现状。您也别耗在这陪聊了,赶紧弄导则吧。时间就是金钱。

    玩笑一句走人:大圣,您就收了法宝吧。

    • yang Cheung

      呵呵,您说话很好玩
      弄导则有的是时间,聊天很重要~您有qq之类的没?认识一下,交流交流撒~要不老在这说话,大伙儿看热闹似的,脸会红~哈哈
      by the way,您说的好些很在理,我也在反思设计的成果,设计一定有可以改进的地方,比如尺度上的考虑。我觉得放上来挺有收获的,领奖台不敢当,但是老外很多话还是偏激,到没到过成都不是说要去理解成都肌理文化什么的,意思是当下,此时此地的方法。我们要学的永无止尽,不会怪群众有意见,但不了解就开骂的话,我当然不会沉默,网络的东西,不来不去,只听不说,那太不好玩了。
      您说的“对于中国的事情,我们不想改变什么,也没有能力去改变什么,所做的只是想加点什么进去。”,以前我也像您这样想,可后来发现如果大伙都这样想,那是负责任的态度吗?我有个朋友一身的设计细胞,可是就躲在农村里不出来,看不惯这个看不惯那个,觉得自己体制外,这样除了让自己爽了,是对社会负责的态度?有些人可能会说社会没希望了我瞎折腾个啥?都这样想,我看不用等2012了。

      中国式城市设计就像中国特色的社会主义,会坎坷,会热闹,会被好山好水里出来的老外同志说咱不够人性,尺度大,人车都分开了没活力,可这是我们自己的国家,有问题,我们作为城市设计师要上前线,水平不够就学,学了用中国式的办法来步步推进,一身本领站在门外说”针对中国式城市设计的现状”,不是好汉。既然现状不够好,那就来帮忙吧,想办法把国外先进设计理念带进来,我说这个是真着急,你别见怪,身边很多朋友都对现状失望,失望了就走,这算什么…唉…….

      • yang Cheung

        以前读书时,一位老师和我说hey yang, u must learn to think globally, but act locally,呵呵,看来老外同志也蛮灵活~
        citi3000, west china’s really wonderful place for implementing your dream, at the same time doing good to people there, the local government is comparatively liberal, so i strongly recommend u to be with us if u plan to go back to China after ur further study, much better than that in SH
        sincerely
        yang

    • Wang Chao

      应该是大圣爷,您就收了神通吧…XD