Ten institutions have been chosen from more than 60
well-known Chinese and overseas applicants to conduct conceptual
designing for Haikou Jiangdong New District of China (Hainan) Pilot Free
Trade Zone, a new benchmark development area established in the
provincial capital in early June, as announced at a briefing in Haikou
Hainan, China's southernmost province, announced on June 3 the
establishment of a new benchmark -- the Haikou Jiangdong New District of
China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone -- to promote development of the
China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone. On the same day, Haikou Mayor Ding
Hui said Hainan was officially launching the conceptual planning for
the new district by calling for expressions of interest, setting the
deadline by June 22 for outstanding planning and designing institutions
to hand in applications.
On April 13, while celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hainan being
made a province and a special economic zone, President Xi Jinping
unveiled grand plans to build it into a pilot free trade zone and
gradually explore the building of a free trade port with Chinese
Located in the core of the northern Hainan comprehensive economic
integration circle that links the cities of Haikou, Chengmai and
Wenchang -- which has China's only tropical and coastal space launch
center -- the Jiangdong New District has a robust ecology with rivers,
lakes and wetlands. It also enjoys the convenience of Meilan
International Airport and sufficient land resources to support
integrated, high-level planning and development.
The new area covers 298 square kilometers on the east coast of
Haikou, the provincial capital, and will have two parts: a 106-sq-km
ecological region boasting a key national wetland natural reserve, and
192 sq km that will serve both industrial and urban purposes.
The new district will be an international trading venue for energy,
shipping, bulk commodities, property rights, stock equities and carbon
credits. It will host the regional headquarters of international and
domestic industrial conglomerates and groups, scientific research
institutions and service organizations, and also be built into an
international financial trade center and international education base,
according to the provincial plan.
On the chosen list are Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design
Institute, as well as seven companies that are lead by or involve
overseas entities. They are HPP International Planungsgesellchaft mbH,
BDVA (Boisseson Dumas Vilmorin Et Associes) and Archi FED, Hassell Ltd,
Nihon Sekkei, Smart Development Consultancy International Pte Ltd,
Chapman Taylor LLP and Marcia Architectural International Ltd. The
independent companies of Perkins + Will Inc and SBA GmbH are also
They were all asked to draw up their conceptual designs in line with
their own styles and the actual conditions of the Jiangdong New District
and hand in their works for final appraisal in two months.
More than 60 designers representing the 10 chosen design institutions
participated in a on-the-spot inspection arranged by the local
authorities on Monday to help them learn more about the basics of
Jiangdong New District -- its geographical formation and the location of
its ecological systems, villages, cultural resources and
Jens Kump, the main designer with HPP International
Planungsgesellschaft mbH, said he appreciates Hainan’s attitude toward
ecological innovation and is optimistic about the island’s future. And
his company will ensure good protection for Hainan’s mangrove forests
and wetlands and seek a harmonious integration of the old and new city
when making the design.
“We will highlight the ecological value and cultural DNA of Hainan
while drawing our plans,’’ said Kuang Xiaoming, a leading expert on
urban designing with Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design
“The new district will be an open, inclusive, world-class new city
built in line with world vision and international standards that
features Hainan characteristics,” said Mayor Ding, who is also director
of the office for the leadership group for the Jiangdong New District.
He called on the designing groups to take advantage of their global
perspective and insights to work out plans that will help build
Jiangdong into a quality city of the future.