Pilot planning and all-round development underpin the blueprint for opening-up. To benchmark Xiongan New Area, the SCODA highlights “international paradigm, humanistic sharing, three-dimensional intensification, ecological livability, and smart technology,” and pursues “utilizing the underground and air spaces efficiently”. In March 2020, the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University (THAD) and Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute were commissioned to carry out urban design and underground space planning for the 10-square-kilometer core area. On June 20, the plan was approved at the review meeting attended by four CAE academicians including Wu Zhiqiang, Zhuang Weimin, Chen Xiangsheng, and Li Shucai, and the SCODA has since had its “compass.” The total building volume of the core area is 17.5 million m2, including 5.5 million m2 underground. Seven clusters are designed: SCO Plaza, Finance and Trade Cluster, SCO International Industrial Cooperation Cluster, Jinhu Service Cluster, Commerce Cluster, Tourism Cluster, and Cultural Exchange, Marine Cooperation, and Consulate Cluster.
On June 20, 2020, an expert review meeting on the urban design and underground space of the SCODA 10-km2 core area was held. The plan of the core area was approved at the review meeting led by four CAE academicians including Wu Zhiqiang, Zhuang Weimin, Chen Xiangsheng, and Li Shucai, and the SCODA has since had its “compass.”
The total building volume of the core area is 17.5 million m2, including 5.5 million m2 underground where seven clusters are designed including Plaza Complex and International Industrial Cooperation
On June 29, 2020, 20 projects with a total investment of RMB 80 billion in the core area were released at the online launching ceremony of the SCO “Belt and Road” International Hall for central government-owned enterprises. The China Academy of Urban Planning & Design was entrusted to prepare the Overall Plan Study as well as special plans for transportation, ecology, energy, etc. to promote interactive coupling and synergistic development of environment, industry, land, and other elements.