This project, Upgrading a rural area near Beijing, intelligently addresses three critical national priorities for sustainable development policy in China – first the more efficient use of precious land by gradually lifting quality of life and living density, second improving the living conditions for rural families as a harmonious and balanced response to urban development, and third reducing the ecological footprint by improved resource management and use of renewable energy sources.
An outstanding element of the approach is the deep analysis of the existing physical and cultural situation of the existing community including numbers of people, density of buildings and the quality of the existing biodiversity. Field surveys and door to door interviews were carried out.
A step-by-step approach is then devised for renewal of houses and circulation spaces to include energy and water efficiency, improved infrastructure for managing human waste, water and rubbish. Care is taken to incorporate improved public spaces for the community as the density of housing is increased. Renovation and reuse of materials is considered alongside new construction using local materials.
There is strong public participation in planning and decision making with no forced eviction from homes. The approach is able to accommodate changes to the status of land rights. Care is taken to keep costs within affordable limits. The judges believe that further economic benefits could come from using recycled waste water for farm irrigation by fully recycling nutrients from the waste stream into the local food production and using secondary biomass for energy production.See more
A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing, China received the Global Holcim Awards Bronze and USD 100,000 for effectively combining heritage preservation, traditional knowledge, local materials, modern technology, and professional project management. The comprehensive urban planning strategy led by Yue Zhang and Feng Ni improves logistics, public utilities and services while meeting stringent ecological and energy-saving targets for new buildings.
“One of the outstanding elements of the approach is the deep analysis of the current physical and cultural situation of the community including numbers of people, density of buildings and status of biodiversity. Field surveys and door to door interviews were carried out”, the jury stated.
The project applies a detailed approach to challenges of pollution, urban sprawl, loss of agricultural land, food security and limited resources. The planning has a high potential to become a role model for the sustainable development of rural communities and urban districts in emerging economics and was recipient of the Holcim Awards Gold Asia Pacific in 2008.Top sustainable construction projects honored with Global Holcim Awards »
The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2009. The more extensive submission on the Sustainable planning for a rural community for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing, China received the top prize of USD 100,000 and the Holcim Awards Gold 2008 for effectively combining heritage preservation, traditional knowledge, local materials, modern technology and professional project management. The comprehensive urban planning strategy led by Yue Zhang and Feng Ni improves logistics, public utilities and services while meeting stringent ecological and energy-saving targets for new buildings.
Head of Jury and acclaimed Indian architect Ashok B Lall praised the detailed approach to challenges of pollution, urban sprawl, loss of agricultural land and limited resources. “The project has a high potential to become a role model for the sustainable development of rural communities and urban districts in emerging economics experiencing rapid change,” he said.Solid future for sustainable construction in Asia Pacific »
The dominating highlight of this project is the innovative and unique approach to the overall land use planning for the development of the rural community that is based on a sound ﬁeld survey and the establishment and scientiﬁc analysis of a comprehensive database. The anticipated transformation of this community consists of the overall improvement of the circulation network, public utilities and public services as well as the stringent consideration of ecological and energy saving technologies for the renewal of existing buildings and for newly built facilities. The whole renewal process is driven by public participation and steered by the local authorities. The project is a joint effort of a multi-disciplinary team consisting mainly of academics and government ofﬁcers.
This work is an enjoyable idea and represents a very comprehensive approach at the urban level. All ﬁve “target issues” for sustainable construction as deﬁned by the Holcim Foundation are addressed strongly. The project has been commended because it demonstrates in an ideal way the smart combination of heritage preservation, traditional knowledge and habits, local materials and modern technologies and last but not least professional project management. It has a high potential to become a role model for the sustainable development of rural communities and urban districts in emerging economies experiencing rapid change.See more
Subsistence living conditions drive millions of China’s rural poor into the cities. Concurrently farming land is converted to new uses. Sustainable planning for a rural community is a pilot project in Beijing’s urban sprawl. It demonstrates how much needs to be done to keep people in rural settings – and how much can be done.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.46 MB) »
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