Xi’an unveils plans for green and highly walkable Innovation Harbor
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Giant towns popping up from seemingly nowhere have become a common sight in China. Xi’an, the central Chinese city best known as the home of the Terracotta Army, has unveiled ambitious plans for one such town that will serve as a new innovation hub in the government’s Silk Road plan. Designed by Stuttgart University’s Professor Dr. Helmut Bott and architecture firm FARO*style, the World Bank-backed project will transform an enormous expanse of low-yielding agricultural land into a dense and pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development that will accommodate 40,000 people. The 291-hectare site will be located next to the Wei River and will dedicate over a third of its area to green space, from green roofs to large finger-like parks.