The Guangzhou Historic Town Conceptual Framework Plan has won an Honor Award for Urban Design in the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Design Awards. Created to “increase awareness of outstanding architecture,” the annual awards program recognizes projects that significantly improve the built environment. SOM's master plan was honored at an official ceremony and exhibition in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12th.
Developed by SOM's City Design Practice, the comprehensive plan seeks to revitalize Guangzhou’s Old Town as a priceless asset for the city. Located in the city's western area, Old Town will showcase Guangzhou’s identity as a historic trading post on the maritime Silk Road, as well as an important modern transportation hub and economic center. With a systematic and integrated approach balancing historic preservation, modern reinvestment, and community revitalization, the plan was designed to enrich the lives of Guangzhou residents and to maximize the potential of this area as a premier destination for visitors.