GGDC works primarily in three types of urbanization: New Urbanization, Urban Regeneration, and Rural Rejuvenation, all play a key role in Urbanization 2.0. Urban Regeneration, in particular, is important to China's new green and smart initiative. Much of China's current urban structure is outdated, and not conducive to green, smart, and healthy living. For example, many Chinese cities are dominated by massive superblock design that discourages walking, leading to horrific traffic congestion and carbon emissions. The housing stock in many cities is rundown, shabby, sprawling, and not built to human scale. Urban Regeneration projects are designed to fix the past mistakes in Chinese urban design and rebuild neighborhoods in compliance with the Green Guidelines and Smart Guidelines. In recent years, Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, has experience significant economic growth and increase in high-tech R&D jobs, making it a prime location for an Urban Regeneration project.
Twin Bridge Nanjing Urban Regeneration Development Project
The Nanjing Project is an Urban Regeneration development project in Yuhuatai district. The development project is a redesign of 21.4 sq km of Yuhuatai district. The area is defined by east of the airport expressway and west of the G-205 state highway around the banks of the Qinhuai New river. This development project will become the new standard for Chinese urbanization and will service a pilot project for various smart city features. Urban planning will be done by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with landscape design by Turenscape