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Urban design project in China

Sito has launched its first urban design projects in China, in the city of Changyang, which wants to benefit from Sito’s design expertise and competence

New satellite cities are rapidly growing around Beijing, and they are all eager to brand themselves and stand out from one another. Urban planning and related design projects help address this need. The satellite city of Changyang is situated about an hour’s drive from Beijing. Just as Copenhagen is known as the Bike City and Manhattan takes pride in its bridges, Changyang also wants to create something recognizable as its calling card. In this project, Sito acts as a subconsultant to the design firm Shiyu, which specializes in urban design and signage planning.

A unique, fun, and interesting project ahead

The work includes the preparation of a design manual for the Changyang satellite city. The manual specifies all the furniture and fittings used in outdoor spaces, as well as models for bus stops and the locations and themes of environmental artworks.

“In Finland, fittings are often selected out of a catalog as ready-made products, whereas in China, everything is designed from scratch, which makes the project fun and interesting,” says Mikko Rikala, Design Project Manager from Sito. “There are differences between the Finnish and Chinese style preferences and form language, which poses certain challenges to design work,” continues Rikala.

Chanhyang is crisscrossed by numerous major railway and road bridges, leaving dark, unpleasant spaces underneath. New uses are being developed for these spaces, and bridge facades and the general cityscape will be enhanced by means of lighting and new materials, for instance.

More appealing and interesting public spaces

“The goal is to help the city of Changyang to make its public spaces more appealing and interesting for its residents. The city’s population is anticipated to grow by about 66% over the next five years.  In practice, this means that the city must be able to provide more services and public spaces to meet the wishes and needs of the citizens.

“Another important goal is to brand the city so as to attract new businesses and other operators to move to Changyang,” says Rikala.