In the heart of Guizhou province lies China’s Forest City: Guiyang. Nestled on the banks of the Nanming River, today’s Guiyang is a vibrant metropolis poised to play a significant role in the rapid development of inland China. The Nanming Riverfront Cultural Central Business District Master Plan, led by SOM, leverages this potential and proposes Guiyang as the gateway to Western China.
The Nanming Cultural CBD open space will provide a state-of-the-art pedestrian experience marked by memorable spaces that celebrate Guiyang’s natural assets and historic heritage, and that captivate and congregate residents and tourist alike. A network of public spaces that range from urban to natural settings, will connect neighborhoods, foster vibrant communities, and provide a continuous yet diversified riverfront experience.
The Nanming CBD will address sustainability at every scale of development, from the street and building level to district and city-wide approaches. The new city center will continue to integrate the unique karst topographical features of the region and will activate them as recreational spaces for the city. The plan will also leverage from the topographic conditions the collect and treat rainwater runoff, using bio-filtration and infiltration strategies.
Away from industrial remains, the new CBD will be home to a new generation of Guiyang residents, and offering a healthy lifestyle with opportunities to live, work, and play. It will also attract young professionals and innovators interested in living in an environment with a creative mix of open space, commercial, and cultural amenities.
Hunter's Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point
Perched on the edge of San Francisco Bay, the Hunters Point Shipyard was an important naval manufacturing center for the WWI and WWII war efforts. Now abandoned, the shipyard, along with Candlestick Point, will be combined into a new mixed use residential, retail and light industry development — the largest in San Francisco since WWII. Thomas Balsley Ass...
This ten-acre mixed-use development with parks, plazas, and retail will become the center of social and retail activity in downtown Flushing. Driven mostly by an influx of immigrants from East Asia, Flushing is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse neighborhoods in the US. Abuzz with shopping and socializing at all hours of the day and evening, its stree...
Queens West Open Space Master Plan
Queens West is a new mixed-use community planned for the Long Island City shoreline, directly across from midtown Manhattan and the United Nations. Central to its urban plan is an extensive open space system that includes upland and waterfront parks as well as streetscape. Beginning with conceptual plans the Thomas Balsley Associates team, together with Weintr...
Description: Pacific Park is a major mixed-use development in the Atlantic Terminal area of Brooklyn, New York. When complete, it will occupy approximately 22 acres, including the air rights above the approximately nine-acre, below-grade Long Island Rail Road Storage Yard.
The open space, with an area of about eight acres at grade, is being designed by ...