Gallery: Populous Unveils Glowing Green Master Plan for 2014 Youth Olym...


Populous announced this week that its master plan for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China has taken first place in a competition to design the development. Over 198 hectares will be built into the existing city, including public buildings, schools, exhibition centers, Olympic venues and athlete accommodations. Many of the buildings will glow like lanterns and careful attention will be paid to creating lush, picturesque landscaping and incorporating sustainable strategies.

Populous’ plan will build out over 189 hectares in the city, initially constructing 400,000 square meters (4.3 million square feet) of new building space, which, after the games, will amount to 3 million square meters (32 million square feet). Initial images released for the master plan reveal incredibly lush landscaping, a monorail-like transportation system and living wall covered accommodations. The plan for Nanjing is designed to benefit the city even after the games and the youth have come and gone.

Ashley Munday, Principal of the master planning team for the Nanjing submission said, “Our primary brief was to create a lasting legacy for the city of Nanjing following the Youth Olympics in 2014. The master plan was designed with the long term development of the city in mind and the Olympic Games have been carefully positioned to inhabit the new city rather than retrofit a legacy. Nanjing will literally light up for the Games, highlighting the city as the host of the Games.”

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  1. Erik van Lennep March 5, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Pretty (vague) pictures. Love to hear some actual details rather than generalized and almost generic promises. It would be very helpful if this gets tracked and updated, because it COULD be instructive, even where it fails to meet its promised delivery. It will be providing integration of the systems, user-friendliness, and particularly provisions for just how that legacy will be anticipated in factors such as post-Olympic retrofits, maintenance, overall social flexibility…. as they say “the devil is in the details”. Can we get some images beyond these fantasy watercolors?

    As for the primary brief of providing a lasting legacy and an attention-magnet for Nanjing…..isn’t that what every Olympic city asks for? That’s a bit like saying “this car is really special because…wait for it…. you can get inside and it moves!”

    Don’t get a cramp patting yourselves on the back just yet. But do keep us updated.

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