Towards2050: Beijing New East Station

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Towards2050: Beijing New East Station

News: September 14, 2014

Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation

For the next two weeks Beijing will see an intense Sino-Dutch cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development. On September 14, 2014, the 2014 edition of Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation starts. The program consists of workshops and seminars in which Chinese and Dutch designers and experts participate. The programme is part of the Dutch contribution to the Beijing Design Week.    Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation is a multi-annual programme that was initiated in July 2013 by the Creative Industry Fund NL. The goal of the initiative is to explore how the Dutch integrated planning approach can be adapted and implemented within the context of the rapid urbanisation of Chinese metropolitan regions. To this end, the programme organizes Sino-Dutch design projects, research, work weeks, seminars and exchanges.   The first exploratory workweek took place during the Beijing Design Week in September 2013. The aim was to create a platform for an exchange of ideas between Dutch and Chinese professionals in the field of urban development. During this workweek, they collaborated successfully on three pilot cases in Beijing, provided by the local stakeholder, the Fengtai District Planning Bureau.   Since then, both Dutch and Chinese organisations, knowledge institutes and private companies have shown increasing interest in our programme. This shows the growing understanding that today’s com­plex challenges call for multi-disciplinary action and international collaboration.   The theme this year is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Towards2050 works together with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Development, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Land and Resources, World Bank Beijing Office, Tsinghua University, China Railway Corporation, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, UED Magazine, CMoDA and Beijing Design Week.   The former Dutch Chief Government Advisor on Infrastructure and curator of Towards2050, Mr. Ton Venhoeven: “I am delighted with the broad background and expertise of the Chinese and Dutch participants. There are various specialists and generalists, policy makers and designers, from both public and private institutions. With professors and students they work together on projects that contribute to smart, competitive, sustainable and healthy urban regions.” Particularly unique in the programme is the close collaboration between designers and financial specialists. The collaboration is partly motivated by the wish of the Chinese government to look for new business models while improving the quality of life for its citizens. The Dutch urban agglomerations and their interconnections constitute an interesting practice for China. A practice that provides a good basis for the exchange of knowledge and capital flows, also from China to the Netherlands.   Considering the combination of different specialists from government, research institutes and businesses Towards2050 is the ideal platform for the launch of a new organization to be set up: an ‘Alliance for Economic Development and City’. This initiative by Fakton and VenhoevenCS architecture +urbanism focuses on strengthening the relationship between livable cities, infrastructure, economy and investment climate. This alliance aims to bring together the best of Dutch expertise in these fields and to put this expertise in the international limelight.   Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation has been made possible with contributions from the Creative Industry Fund NL, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, CSR Netherlands, City of Utrecht, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, Fakton, TNO, Tsinghua University,  Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and the World Bank Beijing Office. The program is endorsed by Dutch Culture, the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, the Dutch Embassy in Beijing and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning.
Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation

News: September 20, 2013

Beijing Design Week 2013

For the Beijing Design Week 2013 the Creative Industries Fund NL commissions the research project Towards 2050, by the Dutch office for sustainable architecture, urban planning and infrastructure VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism. Towards 2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for sustainable urbanisation is a research project that combines Chinese expertise and Dutch knowledge in the fields of spatial planning, urbanization, mobility, spatial economics, water management and others, in order to develop a sustainable vision for China in and towards 2050.   Complex challenges call for multi-disciplinary action. In a series of workshops in Beijing from 23 to 27 September, planners, architects, designers, policy-makers and developers will discuss current and future urban problems in order to formulate scenarios and models for sustainable urban development. The results of this first series of workshops will be presented in a public presentation on Saturday 28 September. After  Beijing the project will continue its explorations in other Chinese cities. The aim is to develop the Sino-Dutch Approach city by city into a comprehensive method to achieve sustainable metropolitan regions.
Beijing Design Week 2013

Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanization is a multi-annual program initiated by the Creative Industries Fund NL in July 2013. The goal of this initiative is to explore how the Dutch integrated planning approach can be of added value to the challenges Chinese metropolitan regions are facing in the process of rapid urbanization.


At the request of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, Fengtai district was the subject of the first Sino-Dutch ‘research by design’ workweek in 2013 – with projects at YongDing River, Fengtai Station and Dahongmen Square. The focus in 2014 was entirely on stations, station area development and transit-oriented development (TOD), with a special focus on Qinghe station and Beijing North station in Beijing.


This year’s case study is Tongzhou’s New Beijing East Station and area development, in the context of the larger JinJinJi challenge: the Beijing Tianjin, and Hebei Province regional integration. How can Tongzhou be an attractive and smart city for its citizens, and how can the station area become an attractive micro city and node in the Jing-Jin-Ji region that relieves pressure on Beijing? How can walking, cycling and transit be enhanced, and how can attractive public spaces be created in this city? These are some of the main questions addressed by the workshop.


By connecting all public transportation in one well-organized multimodal hub and by creating an attractive pedestrian area and a high density mixed use neighbourhood around it, this plan both enhances connectivity of Tongzhou with other metropolitan nodes and creates an attractive city for its residents.






Name:Towards2050: Beijing New East Station
Program:(Re)development of the Tongzhou station area: improvement of the public infrastructure, real estate development and redevelopment.
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Assignment:research by design, workshop.
Team:Ton Venhoeven, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Li Gubai

NL: Fakton, Municipality of Utrecht, GROUP A, TransitionLAB, Deltametropolis Association, Benthem Crouwel Architects, Grontmij, The Cloud Collective, NEXT, OKRA, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

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