SWA collaborated with the Guangzhou Urban Planning Design & Survey Institute on a new urban design concept for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Situated between mountains to the North and the Pearl River to the South, Guangzhou has a unique condition, which allows for the use of existing water channels for the framework of a new open space network. By abstracting the current channel system, a new connective artery links the mountains and the river through a series of multiple village centers. The separation provides a place to celebrate local village traditions, while the water connections create links to the larger city, allowing for functional and secure spaces for the Asian Games.
2010 Asian Games Village
Urban Connections through Natural Systems