Newly renovated Zhongshan Avenue wins international award


Wuhan Land Resources and Planning Bureau received a notification that they had won the 2016 International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Award for Excellence.

Gaby Kurth, the Programme Manager of ISOCARP, which is headquartered in Holland, sent the official advisement that the

“Zhongshan Avenue Revival Plan” had been successful. The plan is a result of the joint efforts by the bureau, Wuhan Land Use and Urban Spatial Planning Research Center, and Wuhan Planning and Design Institute.

On behalf of the organizing committee of the upcoming 52nd ISOCARP Congress, to be held in South Africa, Gaby Kurth invited Wuhan representatives to the Congress to promote Wuhan’s planning ideas to the world for city blocks’ revival.

The annual ISOCARP Awards for Excellence is the top honor and one of the most important international awards open to a vast range of professionals and institutions operating in the domain of urban planning. Cities like Amsterdam, Singapore, Dubai, Beijing, and Guangzhou have previously received the honor.

Targeting the revival of urban public space, the “Zhongshan Avenue Revival Plan” attempts to foster public transport, preserve historic and cultural features, and harmonize urban development with landscape architecture and protection of cultural relics.

Gaby Kurth disclosed the value of the plan: it configures a systematic solution to Chinese problems in urban redevelopment in the context of globalization and the process of urban renewal and transformation, and its innovations in planning ideology and methodology will have a telling demonstrative effect.