Dianchi North Guandu Culture Eco New City

Kunming, China

Kunming’s Dianchi Lake has suffered from industrial and agricultural pollution for decades. Its clean-up became an opportunity to restore this heritage environment and create greater investment value to fund development and environmental solutions. Gensler’s plan—generated through a multi-disciplinary visioning process—centers on a new financial district that will focus density into a signature skyline surrounded by greenbelts and open space, with walkable, transit-oriented development at the lake edge. Polluted rivers will be concentrated into a series of water-cleaning canals, drawing wetlands deep into city to retrieve the Kunming identity. This mixed-use community, with dynamic waterfronts and culturally rich neighborhoods, will revive a shared civic pride.