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Suzhou Eco-Town Shortlisted for UDG Project Awards
JTP is pleased to announce that Suzhou West District Eco-Town has been shortlisted for the Urban Design Group Project Awards for 2011/12.
A team led by John Thompson & Partners (JTP) won an international competition to design the first phase of the new Suzhou Eco Town with a focus on delivering financial viability to enable long term sustainability.
Suzhou is a city located 100km west of Shanghai in the south-east of Jiangsu Province, eastern China. The 6 km2 site is pre-dominantly agricultural and is located next to Tai Lake, the third largest lake in China.
JTP's approach to urban design was informed by agro-urbanism and based on integrated planning processes. The winning masterplan embraces the traditional Chinese principles of south facing, west-east orientated streets and combines them with bio-climatic strategies applied at a variety of scales, from city to urban block, to reduce the amount of energy used for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
The awards set out to showcase projects that the UDG panel of judges deem significantly contribute to urban design thought and ideas; demonstrate the application of urban design principles and process; and show lessons learned and conclusions drawn from urban design issues.
All published case studies will be shortlisted for the Francis Tibbalds Prize.