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Blue Loop, a brand new Chinese city on water designed by Pininfarina
TORINO, Italy, October 13, 2022

Blue Loop, a brand new Chinese city on water designed by Pininfarina

Pininfarina Architecture has been selected by The People's Government of 
Taozhuang Town to design the masterplan of a new city set to rise in the 
Yangtze River Delta, near Shanghai. The name of the project, Blue Loop, arises 
from the system of waterways surrounding the project area, designed to support 
the local agricultural and productive fabric, as well as a mobility 
infrastructure to connect the site to nearby towns, including the water city of 
Xitang, a UNESCO heritage site.

Blue Loop has been designed in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the 
Yangtze River Delta National Land and Space Development Plan, over a time 
horizon of 15 years, considering the waterways as an essential resource for 
generating and sustaining economic and social prosperity, as well as 
representing a central element of the natural ecosystem and climate regulation.

The project is divided into three different urban ecosystems: Italy-City, a 
city with a mainly residential vocation, which recalls the spatiality of 
Italian urban centers, the Innovation Valley, with management structures, 
research centers and a university, and Energia, an integrated pole for the 
production of energy from renewable sources, integrated with hydroponic 
agricultural crops.

Italy-City has been conceived as a water town, inspired by the Chinese 
tradition with the addition of elements characteristic of historical Italian 
urban settlements, with particular attention to green spaces and public areas. 
Water is the primary element with which to move and interact in the new city: a 
dense new network of navigable canals constitutes the ideal link between the 
city and the nearby Fenhu Lake. The city is organized over a total area of 
2,000,000 m2 in four districts with different population and urban densities.

The Innovation Valley is conceived as a new center of scientific excellence, a 
large contemporary international district, an environment of knowledge and 
sustainable growth, open to anyone who wants to innovate, do research or study, 
creating a vital space for the territory in a strategic location in north 
China. The Innovation Valley also intends to experiment with new models of 
sustainable mobility, exclusively integrating electric, self-driving and shared 

Energia combines a waste-to-energy plant of over 250,000 m2 and an experimental 
agriculture hub of approximately 300,000 m2, generating a unique model of 
contemporary infrastructure, integrated into the landscape and urban dynamics 
and aimed at minimizing emissions into the environment.

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Source: Pininfarina