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Wei River

As a result of the urban expansion of Xi’an into a larger cluster, the river zone is changing from a peripheral to a connecting position. To address this development trend, an international competition for Wei river dredging and the conceptual planning and design of both sides of the river was held .


The project scope has a total length of about 15.5 kilometres and a total area of about 56.3 square kilometres. The assignment includes the design for the river space, northern and southern ecological banks and the urban zones in proximity to Wei river and the Jingwei peninsula.

The planning area is the ecological backbone and cultural location where the Eight rivers of Xi’an converge, including the national-level Jingwei Wetland and the famous historical landscape of ‘Jing Wei Fenming’. It is also located in the key area of the north-south expansion and urban integration of Xi’an. Wei river is the largest tributary of Yellow river, and the ambition is to improve its ecological conditions and revive the prosperity of the riverside new urban areas.


The consortiums approach to this assignment is the “Re Weitalization” through 4 strategies:

“Green gathering park” is focused on developing a landscape framework for the future urbanization, ecological measures to increase the habitat diversity and quality, safety measures to manage dredging, the sediment flows and protect the river banks and sponge city measures both in the river space and in the urban areas to manage water collection and discharge.

“Restore Wei river” sets the conditions for urban development within the previously mentioned landscape framework, including desired densities and urban patterns.

“Green fusion” under the structure of One ring, two belts, one line and ten parks, promotes the integration of city, villages and green space, injecting supporting functions and identity to the park system that compliments the living environments in the proximity.

“Innovation extension” aims to connect existing industries with new innovative and ecological industries and organize the urban fabrics to facilitate the exchange and cooperation.


Some design highlights of this project include the Jingwei Fenming peninsula Botanical garden, the revival of ancient Wei river line, the urban wetland park and the historical art cultural corridor in the southern bank

Weifang Naitonal Agriculture Demonstration Zone Core Area Funtional Zoning Plan

The project is a strategic measure to implement the current national agricultural policies. It covers the food valley (111.32 km2) and the north district of the Free Trade Zone (9.58 km2). Our plan aims to facilitate agricultural opening up, technological innovation, land reformation, integration of agriculture with the second and the third industry, and the creation of new growth drivers. It has mainly addressed three aspects:

– Building a world-class metropolitan food industry area. Learning from the Green-ports of Dutch food industry, and incorporating existing industries and infrastructure, we apply the metropolitan food cluster (MFC) to spatial structuring, and plan functions to support advanced supply chain. This project can be the reference for the whole Weifang region to establish its regional level cluster.

– Planning a future for agriculture, villages and the rural population. Based on existing forms of agricultural activities, local landscape resources and need for industrial functions, we have proposed diverse forms of agricultural activities, ranging from hi-tech closed production at corporate levels, to semi-open and open production at family/community farm levels. The proposal preserves one third of existing villages, and plans for their extended agricultural programs, to allow for social and cultural continuity in the economic and spatial transformation.

– Sustainable urbanization. Our plan is structured with the larger landscape and industrial functions, and embedded with circular economy strategies for industrial and urban metabolism. Specifically, a green-blue network carries ecological functions, urban green spaces and slow traffic system. The industrial areas are oriented with the MFC model and configured with functions along the supply chain. Recycling of water and biomaterials, and energy production from biomass and other types of renewables are planned to further make the industry and city more efficient and sustainable.



China Food Valley Master Plan

China Food Valley is the center of innovation for agricultural food products carrying the ‘China Food Valley’ certification. These products are in high demand with consumers worldwide for their high quality and trusted residue-free nature. The campus area, designed 30 years ago, is now a popular location for world-class companies, many of them originally Chinese, now operating on an international level. China Food Valley is at the core of a network of agro-parks, providing the bulk of China Food Valley’s products. The master plan proposes the development clusters that are sustainable, CO2 neutral, and resource efficient through innovative reuse of materials.


Midden-Delfland is the largest open agricultural landscape in the metropolitan area of Rotterdam. Surrounded by seven cities, the area is becoming increasingly popular and serves as a recreational resource for the one million people living in the proximities. The recreational connections between the cities and the site need to be improved and could offer new opportunities for the development of local tourism. The project ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’ improves these connections.

Commissioned by the local municipality and several local associations, NL Urban Solutions organized an interactive process to translate the regional vision for the Midden-Delfland area into a program called ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’. During several workshop sessions, a symposium and an exposition, these Gateways have been fleshed out into innovative-recreational gateways between the cities and the landscape. Local entrepreneurs are invited to develop a business model supporting the gateways.




As one of the ‘Gateways’ to the metropolitan landscape Midden-Delfland, ‘Op Hodenpijl’ should be a recreational hub of high quality and appeal. NL Urban Solutions has made a renovation plan for the deteriorated estate, that currently houses an information center, an exhibition center and the office of the Midden-Delfland association. The compound has been restored to its former glory where possible, resulting in the improvement of the entry avenue, the orchard, and a kitchen garden.



As a spinoff of our regional vision for the peninsula of Voorne, NL Urban Solutions has developed a vision for the greenhouse intensification area of Tinte. By means of an interactive process, a vision with specific rules and regulations and a landscape framework to embrace the greenhouses, have been developed. Several workshop sessions with all involved parties, ranging from inhabitants of the villages to entrepreneurs of the various greenhouse companies contributed to reach a widely supported vision. This plan has been translated into a zoning plan.