Kunming Eco-Communities

Kunming Eco-Communities

New Community Based on Ecological Restoration 
{"autoplay":"true","autoplay_speed":"3000","speed":"300","arrows":"true","dots":"false","loop":"true","nav_slide_column":5,"rtl":"false"}

DETAILS

LocationKunming, Yunnan, China
ClientHorti-Expo Real Estate Company, Ltd.
Size640 acres

The concept for the Kunming Eco-Town is based on an understanding of the historical natural processes of the location. The master plan goal restores balance in the landscape through restoration and sensitive development. In using a watershed planning approach to determine the most sensitive lands and subsequently where development is appropriate, the issues of a healthy, functioning restored forest drove the design concept. The idea of a restored forest includes ecological concepts such as high quality air for breathing, high quality water for drinking and wildlife habitat and a diversity of species associated with the vegetation. With restoring the forest as the large-scale design concept, a detailed site visit and computer GIS analysis revealed lands with the appropriate carrying capacity for the proposed development. A land-based approach was used to achieve a series of highly integrated communities. The enclaves for each community lies on the appropriate topography to avoid extensive grading activity and its inherent ecological degradation. The elements of the communities include a mix of uses in order to be as self-sustaining as possible. Program items such as housing, retail, education, health services and communications are organized within walkable distance. The big idea is to allow a resident access to common, everyday goods and services as well as a strong open space system without need for an automobile. Additionally the concept of community enclaves surrounded by high quality forest is intended to inspire a logical and efficient use of energy and infrastructure in the development or each area. Sustainable technologies seek to: • Treat and reuse wastewater. • Reduce peak flows associated with introduced urban storm water runoff. • Orient buildings to reduce heating and cooling loads. • Use passive solar collection to reduce energy use. • Cluster development in order to preserve and restore forest and hydrological corridors. The landscape concept is based on ecology and habitation living in balance, and included the integration of green roofs and native landscape features. A fundamental example of this balance can be seen in the wetlands throughout the project. A visitor finds great diversity in the plant material, the purity of the air, clearness of the water and the presence of wildlife. Underneath the surface of this beauty is the function of the landscape as it works to greatly reduce the energy of the nearby built environment. These functions include: the capture and treatment of storm water runoff for groundwater recharge and reuse in non-potable applications; biological treatment of community waste water to sanitary levels and as a holding pond for the required water supply for irrigation and fire protection.

Related Projects

Santaluz

This planned community 30 minutes north of San Diego is a testament to the collaboration of a visionary client, talented land planner, and creative designers and marketers. Set gracefully on its rolling site and preserving over half its acreage as open space, Santaluz is both a model of environmental planning and a financial success, out-performing all its loc...

The Cannery

The Cannery is a new pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in the City of Davis that exemplifies the most current and best practices of sustainable community design. Drawing from the agricultural roots of the adjacent landscape, the development emphasizes wellness through the establishment of a comprehensive open-space and recreational system and locally produced f...

Esencia

Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo is the recipient of the 2019 NAHB Master Planned Community of the Year Award. The second in a series of planned communities, Esencia is integrated into a 17,000-acre open space preserve in the hills of South Orange County. The surrounding oak canyons, creeks and orchards set the stage for a vibrant development that preserves, pr...

Almaza Bay Beach Town

Located on the tranquil and pristine Mediterranean coastline in northwest Egypt, Almaza Bay Beach Town redefines the concept of a resort town. Seamlessly integrating the intimate and relaxed feel of a beach community with the entertainment and excitement of a walkable retail district, this mixed-use development offers an exceptional lifestyle that enriches the...

Mountain House

SWA provided comprehensive master planning services for a new 4,700-acre community located near the foothills of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Envisioned as a sustainable, “smart growth” town located on less productive agricultural land, the community is designed to provide an internal balance of jobs and housing to mitigate traffic impacts. Working for the...

Shady Canyon

Shady Canyon is a 1,070-acre residential community and land preservation project in the heart of bustling, master-planned Orange County. The project carefully integrates the natural environment into every aspect of the community which consists of 400 custom and builder homes, a golf course that preserves important biological resources, swim center, recreation ...

Woodson’s Reserve

This new master-planned community challenges conventional thinking by preserving wetland areas and open space while achieving an optimal mix of housing products and amenities. A robust local economy has elevated demand for both commercial space and single-family housing. The master plan for Woodson’s Reserve targets active families and those who enjoy outdoor ...

Almaza Bay Beach Town

Located on the tranquil and pristine Mediterranean coastline in northwest Egypt, Almaza Bay Beach Town redefines the concept of a resort town. Seamlessly integrating the intimate and relaxed feel of a beach community with the entertainment and excitement of a walkable retail district, this mixed-use development offers an exceptional lifestyle that enriches the...

2019-09-05T22:28:05+00:00