Extended Cities - Project Profiles


Hoping to rectify the mistakes of old, new cities being built and extended are planned with more care and concern for the surrounding environment. Architects, planners, politicians and economists can now all work together to deliver spaces that promote better urban living for inhabitants. Below is a list of the 10 most innovative new and extended cities projects as chosen by a panel of independent industry professionals for the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition.



Feature Project: Tianjin Eco-city


In the Far East, judges were impressed with Tianjin Eco-city being developed with “practical” technology on challenging arid terrain in northern China. The city is an ambitious economic collaboration between China and Singapore to pilot a more liveable alternative to some of the country’s polluted megacities. Employing an advanced light rail system, solar energy and smart grid technology; promoters of the project hope that Tianjin Eco-city will stand in stark contrast to alleged “ghost cities” – such as Ordos in Inner Mongolia and Zhengzhou New District – that have been rapidly built, yet remain largely uninhabited.




Energy City Qatar


Located just 20 kilometers north of Doha International Airport, Energy City Qatar is a new Middle Eastern business center catering to the commercial, technical and human resource needs of the global hydrocarbons industry. It is set to be the region’s first-ever fully integrated business hub for the energy sector. The city has been constructed with sustainability in mind, including solar PV panels, wind towers and passive solar shading. It aims to be the world’s first entirely LEED-certified development.




Masdar City


Masdar City, under development in Abu Dhabi, focuses on sustainability with an ambition to be powered entirely by renewable energy. The city, located in the United Arab Emirates, could be a model for the future. It will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency and be home to 1,500 businesses, focusing on low-carbon and sustainable technologies. The city has been designed by British architects Foster + Partners and aims to be the world’s first city with zero-carbon emissions, and 80 percent of water recycled.




Fujisawa Smart Town


Fujisawa Smart Town is a large-scale demonstration project in Japan that could also be a test-bed for future urban living. The town will consist of 1,000 ‘green homes’, with each being equipped with solar power units and fuel cells. Houses will be connected to a smart grid to manage supply and demand with an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent compared to a typical Japanese town.




Valle San Pedro


Valle San Pedro is a charter city and sustainable housing project being built near Tijuana, Mexico. The epic 13,000 hectare project developed by Urbi plans to house one million people by 2030. The city is the first certified Integral and Sustainable Urban Development (DUIS) project in Mexico. It claims to be different in that it puts the family at the center of the planning and urban design process.




Ciudad Verde


Ciudad Verde in Colombia should have a major social impact and could be adopted elsewhere if successful. The development involves launching a housing model called macroproyectos, which aims to create small cities outside large urban developments – in this case the country’s capital Bogotá. Developers will build 350,000 social housing units in the town of Soacha ranging in cost from US$20,000 to US$35,000 each and aiming to accommodate the people displaced from rural towns located in conflict areas. Newcomers will have access to a social reintegration program, while the development’s infrastructure includes hospitals, schools and hydroelectric power sources funded through public-private partnerships. Another “very important” aspect for judges is the integrated transportation link connecting residents to Bogotá via the TransMilenio bus rapid transit system.




Tysons Corner


Tysons Corner in Virginia was a sprawling office and retail suburb near Washington D.C. It has been transformed into a green city with revived neighborhoods, sidewalk culture, local employment and local arts. The project evolved from a typical car-dependent, land-consuming suburb to a new urban centre supported by non-motorized and public transportation. Smart land use will help planners reconfigure the city of 17,000 to support as many as 100,000 in years to come.




Detroit Works Project


Once upon a time, Detroit was one of America’s leading cities. However, a steady decline of its industrial base has burdened the proud city with various social and economic problems. While most cities in this category are trying to manage growth, Detroit is uniquely trying to reverse its decline. The Detroit Works Project is both a short and long-term planning initiative launched by Mayor Dave Bing to create a blueprint that redefines the physical, social and economic landscape of the city. The project also seeks to achieve immediate results in three specific pilot areas. Judges recognized the determination and courage of those involved and the work they’ve already done.




Kartal Pendik Project


The Kartal Pendik Project will develop a new ‘city center’ east of Istanbul on an abandoned industrial estate. The development, designed by Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, will feature a business district, residential component, retail and a cultural center. The buildings will be designed in Hadid’s distinctive ‘organic architecture’ style, promoting harmony between the natural world and the built environment.






The Kronsberg district in Hanover, Germany is a sustainable community that emerged in the late 1990s in connection with the EXPO 2000. It presents a comprehensive example of visionary urban planning and construction. The city has high ecological standards, with buildings offering above average quality of accommodation and semi-natural open space design. The district represents one of the most advanced settlement programs of its kind in Europe.




Information contained within the feature project articles and sector articles of the Infrastructure 100 Report are provided by Infrastructure Journal (IJ). Infrastructure Journal assisted with collating and analyzing projects to be considered by regional and global judging panels for the Infrastructure 100 Report, and conducted in-depth research which was used to develop the project profiles contained within the publication. While KPMG makes every attempt to provide accurate and timely information to readers, neither KPMG nor Infrastructure Journal guarantees its accuracy, timeliness, completeness or usefulness, and are not responsible or liable for any such content.

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