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Second prize for landscape and public space design of Academician Valley


NL Urban Solutions (NLUS), in cooperation with GVL (Guangzhou), was shortlisted for the concept landscape design of the new city: Academician Valley. They were selected, together with three other American and Chinese companies, from 26 applications worldwide. The city, with planned area of 21.7 km2 and a population of a half million people will become the center area and ‘economic engine’ of Jinghe New City, Xi’an, Shaan Xi Province, China.


The jury praised NLUS for their ecological, resilient approach, and creative design concept. Storm water management and ecological measures were well integrated with the landscape design. “With the ambitious goal ‘to become the best ecological environment, attract the most outstanding talents and gather the strongest high-end industries, NLUS created conditions for a green, livable and healthy city”, says one of the jury members. NLUS  believes that the nature based and people oriented public space and landscape design plays a significant role in attracting future talents.

The competition consisted of two parts. The first part was the concept design for the entire public space, green structure and green streets inside the 8,8 km2 core area. The second part consisted of the detailed landscape design for the water channel and center lake.

“In our concept design we proposed the comprehensive blue green network with different scales (XL-great ecological corridors, L-water system, M-green streets, S-community green and green buildings). The complete green-blue system can make a green city as well as a resilient city that is adaptive in different climate conditions. In the detailed landscape design, we proposed a park area, where the water channel becomes a natural river with soft banks, wetlands, islands and gullies. The design is a basis for diverse bio-habitats for local flora and fauna. The flooding safety is combined with ecological recovery and spatial quality. The slow traffic paths are designed to provide safe and connected routes. In the center, green roofs on top of the commercial buildings were designed to function as extension of the green public space. We chose to introduce organic language for the landscape design, to emphasize the contrast with the grid layout of the urban design.”

First prize in international landscape design competition for Jinghe River


NL Urban Solutions has won the first prize in an international landscape design competition. The jury praised their winning design for the Jinghe River in Xi’an, China, for its ecological and natural approach and innovative ideas. The other six selected international companies and consortia were representing China, Japan, Australia and America.


The Jinghe River has a gorgeous historical culture and will cross Jinghe New City, one of the five major development areas in Xixian New District, with a planned population of half a million people in a project area of 21.7 km2. NL Urban Solutions (NLUS), is excited that they can implement their design: “Our design for 17 km centrally in the new city located river front combines the flooding safety with ecological recovery of the natural river, maintains the dynamic river balance and creates bio-habitats for various local flora and fauna. The plan includes a floodplain area, riverfront parks, a boulevard park of 5 kilometers with 80,000 m2 of commercial space, wetlands and lakes, connects with the new city with the green-blue network and upgrades the rural area with several villages. The river park will help to position the Jinghe New City as a touristic destination integrating the rich history, unique culture and heritage of the region.”


The jury praised the systematic and integral approach, the advanced design concept and the professional water management knowledge. “Although many companies are aiming to create an ecological river, the design by NLUS is the only one that can truly achieve this goal. In the concept design ecology measures are well integrated with the landscape”, says jury member Jiancang Jie.

The client for the project is Xixian New District Jinghe New City Development Group. Director of their design department, Xining Zhang, is looking forward to implementing the design: “We like the nature-based design, which emphasizes the harmony of human and nature. The boulevard park can become a real name card for the new city. It integrates the commercial space in an innovative way with the landscape and offers a view balcony to the river.”

NLUS works on further developing the concept design. The result will guide the riverfront development in the final design and construction design phase, which will be finalised by a local office next year.


NLUS received second prize in the international competition “Xi’an Happiness Forest Belt Landscape and Lighting Design Plan”!

Recently, NLUS  won the unanimous affirmation of the expert review by virtue of its excellent design ability and solid professional experience. The concept of “Happiness Road, Weaving Nature” has won the second prize. Here, we warmly congratulate the team involved in designing and providing project support!

The construction of the Happy Forest Belt is the largest municipal project in Xi’an since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is the largest greening project and the people’s livelihood project. It is the largest underground space complex in the world and the largest urban forest belt construction project in the country. The forest belt has a planned length of 5.1 kilometers and an average width of 200 meters. The total planned investment is about 20 billion yuan. The contest was designed to complete the concept design of the landscape and greening of the happy forest belt. Since the release, the contest has received the application materials submitted by 33 landscape design companies at home and abroad, and submitted and selected through the layer plan, the final Dutch urban plan. Planning and Architectural Design Office, Atkins Consultant (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch, Tongji University Architectural Design and Research Institute and the United States BPI Lighting Consortium and Shenzhen Beilinyuan and Yue Daming Wisdom Lighting Technology Co., Ltd. The unit was short-listed for final review. The NLUS Dutch Urban Project starts from BIOPHILIC DESIGN and creates a true urban oasis with natural and ecological landscape design. This program stands out from many outstanding international design teams and won the second prize. It also provides a deeper design. Learn from the experience.



NLUS Shortlisted for Xi’an Happiness Forest Belt Landscape and Lighting Design Plan

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Our bidding for Xi’an Happiness Forest Belt Landscape and Lighting Design Plan (“Happiness Forest Belt” below) has been selected as one of the four candidates from around the world.

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This competition was hosted by Xi’an Xingfu Road Comprehensive Transformation Management Committee. As the largest municipal project, the largest greening project and all sectors recognized livelihood project in Xi’an since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Happiness Forest Belt project is also the largest underground space complex of the world and the largest city Green Belt construction project of China, whose total landscape greening project land area is 67.42Ha. We apply our expertise in urban landscape design, lighting design, urban environment infrastructure and cultural identity to draw the Xi’an Name Card Together.

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More information about this competition you could find via http://yyb.chla.com.cn/index.php?m=Ladesign&a=xaxfld_en

NLUS shortlisted for Shenzhen New Marine City Urban Design Competition

Our joint bidding with Deltares for Shenzhen New Marine City Urban Design Competition has been selected as one of the six candidates from around the world. The project takes up an important position in the development of Shenzhen and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao region, and in the national maritime strategies under the One Belt One Road initiative. Together with Deltares, we apply our expertise in industry-driven growth, coastal safety, urban environment infrastructure and cultural identity to this new challenge.