Songjiang (Huating), China, Asia
Year2001latitude: 31° 0'
longitude: 121° 13'
Initiator(s)Shanghai Songjiang New City Construction and Development Co., Lt
Planning organizationShanghai Songjiang New City Construction and Development Co., Ltd, and Shanghai Henghe Real Estate Co Ltd
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationWS Atkins
Inhabitants700,000 (2010)
Target population
Town website
Town related links
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy

source: RAchel Keeton

source: Rachel Keeton

source: shanghai urban planning bureau

Songjiang New City is one of ten new towns encircling Shanghai. The city was envisioned as part of a national reorganization plan to disperse the population and bring employment to more rural regions. With almost 800,000 residents, Songjiang is one of the largest new towns, but most residents continue to commute for work, and students at the seven universities almost always head home for weekends. The result is a new city that is struggling to shake off the reigns of Shanghai.

source: Rachel Keeton

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