Transdisciplinary and globally focused in its intent and content, City X explores innovative design research strategies addressing the future of Chinese cities.
City X project is a global research initiative seeking to create a sustainable blueprint for the future evolution of urban design and architecture in China. The research will investigate and identify disruptive patterns of global change and envisage design-led architectural and urban responses that enhance the quality of living in cities.
City X takes the long-term view, informing speculative futures for cities. It promotes critical and constructive proposals for future development that harness the role of design in the 21st-century global economy. It aims to promote multidisciplinary thinking recognizing material science, human-computer interfaces, experience design, engineered systems and organizational dynamics as disciplinary fields offering a breadth and depth of knowledge across professional domains to address complexity and innovation in architecture, urban design and development.
City X will propose designs for a major new city of Xiong’an New Area which will include diverse civic, residential, commercial, institutional and retail activities. The main focus industries and economies being promoted include health and wellness; creative media and entertainment; business services; education; and electrical and electronics (E&E). The development will incorporate Smart City technologies to manage and service the city. The exploration of physical, virtual and nascent spatial conditions of the future 21st-century city will be undertaken through a 100-year projection of an emerging urban reality for Xiong’an. City X proposes both visionary urban speculation and clear demonstration through the pragmatic and situated application of creative architectural and urban practices. The project aims to develop innovative solutions and visions for the establishment and future sustainable development of the new city of Xiong’an, focusing particularly on four key urban catalysts: mobility, technology, commerce and knowledge.
Projects create opportunities for 21st-century emerging economies as drivers for the Xiong’an development, particularly through design research on urban infrastructure to support innovation.
Project Team: Ian Nazareth, Xin Fang, Stephanie Griffin, Yanlan Wu, Xuanru Liu, Isabella Konig, Geneva Crowley
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