Towards2050: Beijing New East Station

Beijing, 2015

Towards2050: Beijing New East Station

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 Thongzhou 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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