Caofeidian Eco City
The first 1.8km² of the Tangshan Caofeidian International Eco-city are taking shape. This ecological water-city is a peninsula, limited to the east and west by canals, limited to the south by the sea. The relationship to the water is repeating element of the urban design.
Main identifying element of this new city district is a continuous pedestrian promenade. It stretches from north to south – connecting the northern residential districts with the central commercial area incl. BRT-Line and public education facilities, and then leading to the waterfront in the south.
A sequence of plazas and a series of 60-100m tall towers make the backbone clearly visible from afar. The promenade contains several ecological stepping-stones for recreation and storm water retention.
These urban pocket parks provide a niche for residents as well as for flora and fauna in the urban setting and help balancing the local climate.
Starting from this central area, the density decreases in direction to the canals in the east and west. The closed blocks with commercial and SOHO functions transform into more open residential patterns of smaller scale.
Parks with a natural shoreline and high biodiversity along the canals create a comfortable environment for the adjacent residential areas. Paths along the riverbanks, platforms reaching into the water and thematic gardens invite to recreational activities.
To the south, the pedestrian promenade forks to the South Bank Park in one direction, and to the Sunrise Plaza of the eastern districts in the other direction.
The South Bank Park is a sheltered leisure beach park for residents and visitors. The park is lowered and has a protected water-body, which people can use for recreation such as kayaking. The south shore with its extensive natural areas can also accommodate cleansing biotopes to provide an excellent water quality within the so-called inner harbor basin.
Sport fields and lawns as well as a water stage add additional room for leisure.
The southern waterfront is set on a car-free island. Here piers, jetties and seating steps to the water and restaurants, hotels, commerce and leisure activities create a vibrant and maritime atmosphere.
The use of renewable energies, storm water management, priority for pedestrians and cyclists, efficient public transport systems, smart parking solutions and a car-reduced or car-free environment wherever possible are amongst the sustainable city objectives that will be implemented with the realization of this eco-water-city.