Friday, October 2, 2009

OUTR Finalist for Chongqing International Competition, China

OUTR was shortlisted from 160 to top 5 for the international competition located in the western part of Chongqing urban area for its entry 'Core City'. Hosted by the Chongqing Urban Planning Institute and Xiyong Digital Industrial District Development LTD. 
The site is approximately 7.3km2 in size and is on part of the Xiyong Sub-centre, one of six major sub-centres established in the Chongqing Comprehensive Masterplan. This project holds a key position in the municipality’s urban expansion for the next 20 years, acting as a centre for major developments including Micro-electronics Industrial Park, Chongqing University and Logistic Park.

OUTR proposition “City Core” masterplan for the Xiyong sub central area in Chongqing considers the Xiyong sub central area as an economic and urban core for the wider surrounding territory of Chongqing city region. This region is to be considered as a key economic, social and environmental driver for the greater region.  An  exemplar  model  for how  we  might  approach  new urban developments  in  post  industrial regions that have an underlying structure which originates from agricultural production. 
Core city and its three pronged approach to urban sustainability has key ambitions of ongoing renewal and adaptability to its urban structure. The multi-scalar economic, social and  environmental  considerations attempt to consider the city from  a range of crucial but  overlapping perspectives. ‘Core City’ is a complex eco system where nature and man collide.  
This complex urban eco system proposes an economic sustainable approach; a ‘triple bottom line’ where corporate and societal interests intersect, turning social responsibility into financial opportunity. Large corporate models and emerging micro economies support each other in post productive processes and variations in supply and demand. 
The core city urban model seeks to develop a living structure which supports and accommodates change in the cities economic, environmental and social systems. This urban model is constructed as a set of clusters which allows for incremental growth and change to its structure without massive implications to the city and its people.