Cannon Design, a leading international architectural, engineering and planning firm, recently announced that it has joined forces with Peter Ellis New Cities, expanding the firm’s urban planning and city design practice. Currently, they have been working on a master plan for the new Sports City in India, a comprehensive city plan for 1,000,000 inhabitants on 5,000 acres. Ellis and his New Delhi staff will be an integral part of Cannon Design’s planned expansion in India while his U.S. based team has joined the firm’s office in Chicago. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Peter Ellis will now lead Cannon Design’s urban planning and city design practice in collaboration with the firm’s executive leadership. This further positions Cannon Design as one of the most highly integrated firms in the world, capable of delivering services to nations around the world facing rapid urbanization, such as India which alone is projected to see its urban population grow by 1,000,000 people per month for the next four decades. In addition to becoming a key resource in this international evolution, Cannon Design will now be in a position to further advance its efforts in revitalizing major urban centers and mid-sized cities across North America.
“This is an exciting moment for our firm as we partner with one of the world’s most creative thought leaders and urban designers,” said Cannon Design CEO Gary Miller. “Peter’s work goes beyond simply designing new cities as he’s truly transforming the way people live and how cities function. Now with an enhanced portfolio of accomplishments in infrastructure design, urban design and urban policy, Cannon Design is well-positioned as a leader in city design.”
In the case of Sports City, Ellis and his team were commissioned by the Jaypee Group, one of India’s most respected private companies, to define the total infrastructure and open space systems. In addition, they have designed several commercial and residential districts as well as apartment, office and community structures.