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Tianjin strengthens control of its skyline

By YANG CHENG | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-08-02 17:10

The country's first provincial-level regulation to strengthen the management a city's skyline took effect late July in Tianjin, a legislator said.

The city's People's Congress announced on July 27 that it had reviewed and approved the decision to control the skyline in key areas.

Yan Dingzhong, director of the Urban Construction and Environmental Protection Committee of the Tianjin People's Congress, said, "The regulation, the first of its kind at the provincial level in China, will better show the urban style, improve the quality of the city and promote high-quality development."

He reiterated that the regulation is aimed at boosting picturesque scenic views, the unique urban architecture style, the harmony of various landmark buildings and the natural scenery based on the city's different geological conditions.

The decision, which has 15 articles, clarifies the overall requirement that some areas should be involved in skyline control, including that of urban core areas, central areas, emerging towns and new areas, historical and cultural blocks, key city parks and public open spaces, open spaces on both sides of important rivers and offshore areas and other areas that have an important impact on the urban style and landscape.

Architectural design should focus on the control of building height, width, volume and shape, and strengthen the integrated design of building facades and building roofs to boost the coordination of new and old buildings in volume, style and color.

The regulation will also enhance the accessibility and visibility of landscape resources. The decision stipulates that Tianjin, an open coastal city, should create a unique coastal skyline landscape.

In addition, the city should respect the laws of urban development, optimize urban patterns and spatial forms. Apart from the requirements, the decision clarifies other specific measures.

First, it is clearly not allowed to violate laws and regulations, whether to demolish, modify or construct buildings without authorization, or to change the original facade, color or shape, further corroding the skyline.

Second, outdoor advertising, commercial plaques and landscape lighting should be coordinated with the architectural style, facade form and urban style.

Third, temporary facilities should be set up in a standardized way, such as barriers and overhead pipelines.

Chen Yong, Party chief of the Tianjin Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, said, "In the past, our planning mainly focused on a plane layout, but this time we turn to a three-dimensional perspective."

The city has taken measures to limit the height of building cornices in the Wudadao area, also known as the Five Greater Avenues Area, which boasts an array of Western villas. Design is harmonious along the banks of the Haihe River.

"This year, we hope to forge a unique style — Tianjin's urban skyline in the future. So we incorporate piedmont area of Jizhou and the coastal area of Binhai in planning and control," he said.

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