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Architects' environmentally enhanced urban design includes an advanced multi-modal transportation network.

An environmentally enhanced urban design for the Beijing Bohai Innovation City in China by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has transportation hubs linking trains, bikes and pedestrians to urban activities and businesses as well as nearby seaports, airports and metropolitan areas. Cars will be permitted, but they are largely demoted from prevailing urban design priorities.

The plan for the Innovation City, which has won an international design competition, centers the new environmentally-friendly district along the high-speed-rail line linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin. The project’s chief designer, Thomas Hussey, said:

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