SOM’s plan for an expanded Central Business District (CBD) in Beijing calls for the establishment of three new zones anchored by signature parks and green boulevards. Express commuter rail service would link the area to the Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing South Station, while a new streetcar system would serve all zones within the CBD. The scheme also features a network of small, walkable blocks to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Implementation of the plan could reduce energy consumption within the district by 50 percent, water consumption by 48 percent, and landfill waste by 80 percent. A decrease in emissions from high-performance office buildings would eliminate 215,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is the equivalent of planting 14 million adult trees. SOM’s vision would enable China’s capital city to be ecologically responsible while continuing to grow as a global powerhouse for commerce.