Urban Change

The Grand Canal New Town

The Grand Canal has been the lifeline connecting ancient capital Hangzhou and modern capital Beijing for five hundred years, the New Town project is not only pivot for reviving commercial vitality, but also for sustainable development of Chinese cultural heritage. Entrusted by the Hangzhou Government and Hangzhou Grand Canal Comprehensive Protection Development and Construction Group Co., Ltd., Weng Ling’s team and architect Winy Maas’s Architectural Design Institute MVRDV participated in the masterplanning of the Grand Canal New Town Demonstration Zone, which covering an area of ​​about 3.5 square kilometers. The vast New Town will set a new global landmark for integrating arts and sciences into urban development – its research institute and educational programs, museums and performance centers, lodging and recreation, marina and parks, residence and incubator for technology innovation, along with the core of cultural heritage and sustainability, both ecologically and socially, is revolutionizing China’s landscape unprecedentedly with humanistic focus.


Strategic Planning: Weng Ling

Urban Design: Winy Maas

Project Attributes: Urban Planning, Future Operations

Project area: 3.5 square kilometers