Grand Canal Getaway

Located along the historic Grand Canal from Beijing to Hagzhou, Grand Canal Getaway is a new district being planned to create new infrastructure connections.

Assembledge+ served as Chief Urban Designer working with a local Chinese planning firm, UPDIS, to create this urban design plan for a new Gateway District in the City of Yangzhou along the historic Grand Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou.

The Grand Canal was recently listed as a World Heritage site and has historically played an important role in the economic and physical development of Yangzhou. Located just west of the historic center of the City along Wienchang Road, a major east-west thoroughfare, the site surrounds the intersection of the Grand Canal and Wienchang Bridge. The scheme includes anew city center with office, civic and municipal buildings, residential, retail commercial as well as entertainment and park uses along both sides of the canal celebrating the canal and its importance in the development of Yangzhou.

The organizing concept for the proposed plan creates three primary nodes along Wienchang Road:

  • At the intersection of the Wienchang Road and the Grand Canal, the plan creates an open space network along both sides of the canal with cultural, entertainment, sports facilities and parklands/gardens facing the canal. The plan also creates a new high-density office district around the existing basin connected to the canal.
  • Further West along Wienchang Road, the plan calls for a new Civic District with municipal buildings, offices, a central park and a new Science Museum
  • At the most westerly edge of the site along the Mangdao River, the plan incorporates and expands existing parklands to create a regional open space system for the entire city.

The plan carefully allocates density and building heights to correspond to the location of planned subway stations following established principals of Transit Oriented Development. This link between public transit and land use density also creates a varied and interesting city skyline with variations in height allowing a changing silhouette throughout the district.

Location: Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

Completion: Master plan completed in 2015

Size: 760 acres

Chief Urban Design Consultant: Assembledge+ | Richard W. Thompson, FAIA (Principal in Charge), David Thompson, Jie Feng (Assembledge Representative in Shanghai)

Local Planning Consultant in Shenzhen: UPDIS | Xiao Sima (President) Weidong Huang (Executive Vice President), Xiaoli Wu (Senior Urban Planner), Qianqian Luo