On October 12, the 10th Beijing Central Business District (CBD) International Business Festival opened in Chaoyang district. Seven proposals for expanding the CBD to the east were revealed for the first time. The expanded CBD, which will also be the first low-carbon CBD in the world, will create 150,000 jobs.
The following is an interview by Global Times (GT) reporter Wu Meng with Barry Ball (Ball), chief architect of HKI Ltd., a property development company based in Hongkong and Beijing.
Ball participated in the design of both Hong Kong International Airport and the expansion of Heathrow Airport in London.
GT: It has been 10 years since the Beijing CBD was first founded. What do you think of the current CBD in terms of its contribution to the development of Beijing?
Ball: The origin and purpose of a CBD is to provide a defined, commercially orientated district within an urban area which will concentrate human resources, infrastructure, transport and support services to enable an efficient and convenient business environment.
Normally evolving over a long period of time, the fact that the Beijing CBD is up and running after only 10 years is remarkable in itself, considering all of the other building activities that have been present in the city at the same time.
This could only have been achieved with a strong development master plan and the financial commitment to ensure the supporting infrastructure is in line with the building development.