....Changqing University City
Location: Changqing, China
Year: In Progress
Contribution: Masterplan and Industrial Positioning
Most great universities exist in exceptional towns and cities, and in fact the two are synonymous: Cambridge UK and USA, Oxford, Beijing University. When Changqing University City was built in the 2000’s, it included 11 universities, each with strengths, character, specialties in a beautiful setting, but without a town. Consequently, these universities and their students have been isolated from one another and the larger area of Jinan. Students stay in their campuses, and there is little social and cultural life.
The purpose of the Changqing University City masterplan is to fill in the missing pieces, creating a town with shopping, services, entertainment, jobs, industries and life, not only in between the campuses, but also by transforming the campuses themselves. Through the proposed 1.0-0.1 policy, universities are richer programmatically, intensify their current usage, and the transition between urban and private spaces is rendered seamless. Using a digital management platform, an open, shared and innovative community space is created.
Critical to the plan is not only attracting new industries into the mix, but also to grow start-ups and new companies from the bottom up —on campuses and in urban clusters, where life and production and jobs can be integrated. This is what has been done here at MIT in the surrounding biotech cluster — and is exactly the kind of environment that will attract and hold young talent students — — to stay and live in Changqing —which is critical to making a prosperous innovation economy.
Collaborator: Mobility in Chain / BCG..