Xinyang Master Plan / WORD + SWA Group

Courtesy of WORD + SWA Group. Rendering by Kilograph.

For their latest master plan in Xinyang, WORD with SWA Group Los Angeles have developed a framework that responds to the town’s predicted swift population growth. As Chinese communities, such as Xinyang, begin to expand at rapid paces, the existing infrastructures must be re-thought and re-organized, as the demand for new development adds stress to the current systems. Working with a site measuring over 36 kilometers in length with varying topography – a mountainous region in the south to plains and plateaus to the north – the firms resorted to a solution “requiring calculated sensitivity and ingenuity” based on the region’s natural systems.

A great set of diagrams, and more information about the project after the break.

The team’s approach is grounded in the region’s natural systems, specifically that the provision of water quantity and quality to Xinyang would guide all major decisions. As a result, a series of seven “reaches,” each with their own adaptive morphology, are placed strategically in the city so as to both naturally and mechanically filter and route water through the master plan to support the districts, as well as to provide a leisure and entertainment resource.

Courtesy of WORD + SWA Group

“After quantifying available water supplies from nearby sources (a watershed, a massive transnational canal and filtered runoff from coal mines), sustainable consumptive populations and densities for each of the seven reaches were proposed,” explained the team.

Courtesy of WORD + SWA Group. Rendering by Kilograph.

“The master plan was created by reacting to, and sometimes as a reflection of, the differing systems of the site: natural formations, extant and projected population densities, circulation routes and usage districts.”

Courtesy of WORD + SWA Group.

Project Credits:

Courtesy of WORD + SWA Group

Project Prime: SWA Group, Los Angeles

President: Gerdo Aquino

Managing Principal: Ying Yu Hung

Associate: Youngmin Kim

Team: Young-Joon Choi, Xiaoxuan Lu, Liz Lagedrost


President: Christopher Warren

Project Team: Ryan Ramirez, Lois Lee, David Villela, Danah Mangahis

Water Resources Engineering: LimnoTech

Rendering: Kilograph

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Xinyang Master Plan / WORD + SWA Group" 19 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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