Tongzhou New Town
Concept, Design Direction, Audio
Taek Hyun Kim
Designed while at Thirst
Beijing's next massive urban expansion is headed east to Tongzhou New Town — a district at the end of China's Grand Canal expected to grow by over one million people in the next 15 years.
In response to an international competition, SOM's Urban Design studio created a visionary and sustainable new master plan. Led by Thomas Hussey, the team's plan is centered on the canal, designed around people not cars, and woven with seven connected systems of water, nature, transit, energy, streets, culture, and diversity.
Three short films were created in Mandarin, as well as a distinct visual brand that featured custom Chinese characters of seven woven threads and seven motion capture figures.