Feidi Next C Master Plan

Restoring natural water flows and seasonal wetland cycles lie at the heart of SOM's master plan for a 66-square-kilometer, mixed-use development near Tianjin. Situated between two existing canals, the district will contain a series of canals, islands, and wetlands that frame an emerging urban core focused on the hydro-technology and wellness industries.

A former tidal estuary, the site and its environs were engineered in the 1970s to control flooding and to make the land suitable for agriculture and aquaculture. The infrastructure ultimately damaged local ecosystems and contributed to silting of adjacent waterways. The SOM plan takes the approach of “slowing the water down," allowing wetland parks and rivers to flood in the rainy season and to recede in the dry months, thereby restoring the natural water cycles and improving the site’s ecosystems.

Within the plan, each island has a distinct commercial district along a central lake, with walkable neighborhoods that offer workplaces, residences, retail, and public institutions. The plan focuses on technology-related industries that serve as magnets for international research and the development of water-based industries. A “waste-to-power” anaerobic digestion plant and a utility-scale solar plant will provide renewable energy. A transportation system comprising a metro, surface tram, and water taxis will reduce emissions in the district.