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Anshan’s Qianshan Dragan Spring Square Project Snapshot

The Tanggangzi New Town is located in southern edge of China’s iron & steel capital - Anshan, in Liaoning province. Its land area is about 150 square KM which is primarily agriculture, forestry, abandoned mines and factory yards, and several farming villages. The New Town’s center is about 15 KM from the center of existing city. The local government is promoting this New Town to be a “vibrant city”, an "open city”, a “beautiful city”, and a “healthy city”. G|SaaN was hired to plan the New Town’s central zone of about 9 square KM, which the government calls as “the Central Dynamic Zone”. G|SaaN’s planning concept is based on a sustainable principle, along with goals for cultural creativity, technological innovation, and vibrant commerce and industry. The master plan of the Tanggangzi central zone calls for a new type of city center, one that will combine political function, commercial real estate, civic amenities, new urban living, and cultural tourism into one dynamic whole.

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Civic buildings by their nature are built to serve the communities and enrich the lives of the general public. From the perspective of planning and architecture, civic buildings should serve as community centers and nuclei of the city. Throughout history, good civic buildings can be found in Hellenic Greece, to Republic of Rome and in democratic urban centers in Europe and other places in the world. Citizens of society should be able to walk leisurely from libraries, museums, to recreational centers and to meeting halls. These civic buildings should work as magnets to draw society together. Civic buildings should also be urban spatial generators that help to help to define public spaces such as squares, forums, courts and parks.
To us, civic buildings are libraries, museums, recreational buildings, exhibit halls. Civic buildings also include translations, airport terminals,bus stations and … Parks, squares and market streets also have civic spaces built in. Theaters and stadia are also perfect places for ….
The important qualities of good civic buildings should include sense of openness, equality, dynamics and vigor. It should be .. Civic buildings should have creative programs, those... It should have shared functions with commerce, and be mixed with... Civic buildings should be catalysts and anchor the urban revitalization effort for any society.

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