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Smart City Planning for the West Dongba of Beijing

Beijing Municipal Institute reduces carbon emissions by increasing travel efficiency

Sustainability Challenge

Healthy Cities

A rendering of an aerial view of a city with a park and a river.

Story Highlights

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Goal 11 sustainable cities and communities.

SDG Goal 13 climate action.

Utilized Software

CUBE

Location

China

ORGANIZATION/COMPANY

Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design

The northeast part of Beijing’s Choyang District is not known for sufficient public transportation options despite few people owning cars, leaving commuting needs unmet. To address the problem, the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design began developing multiple rail lines and two subway stations for the district that will spark an overall transformation and rebirth of the project area, as well as promote various modes of green and active transportation, including bicycles. However, they knew proper planning for the project was critical. The team used CUBE to analyze travel volume, distribution, and modes of transportation to and from the district. Using the information to optimize the design, the organization improved travel efficiency by 15% and significantly reduced the use of carbon-emitting vehicles while easing navigation through the city and improving health.