The master planning for New Yangon City was recently completed by AECOM, which identified the most efficient land use planning and built environment. This included infrastructure, economic development, environmental planning, transportation planning, social and cultural planning. AECOM was able to conduct a thorough analysis and created a sustainable new city by integrating all elements of the build environment.
The role of the master planner for New Yangon City is to create a safe, smart, and livable city for up to 1.2 million habitants, as well as achieve a land-use mix that would lead to the creation of 900,000 jobs by 2050 as per New Yangon City’s Socio-Economic Study, conducted by McKinsey.
AECOM’s The Four Pillars vision of “Resilient City”, “Intelligent City”, “Green City”, and “People’s City” was developed into the “Big 8 Moves” – Nature, Culture, Great Places, Smart City, Industrial Ecosystem, Connected Public Realm, New Development Model, and Catalyst of Growth – as the foundations of the New Yangon City’s master plan design.
AECOM’s scientific approach of Sustainable Systems Integration Model (SSIMTM) has helped us to make a selection out of the three proposed alternate plans. The SSIMTM Approach measures the KPIs in four major categories: Connected Neighborhood, Workforce Environment, Sustainable Urban Structure, and Green Infrastructure.
The proposed transactional zone between the existing villages and the new city development will provide a livable city and satisfy the sustainable development goals. AECOM’s vision of evolving the current villages into specific culture areas in the future adds a unique element to the city. The proposed social infrastructure and the creation of a cultural corridor aims to create the city’s identity and evoke a strong sense of belonging.
A Collaborative Effort
The master planning efforts were conducted in collaboration with other disciplines, especially with the traffic and transport planners (Oriental Consultants consortium) and the strategic flood risk assessment consultant (Royal HaskoningDHV Myanmar).
For traffic and transport, New Yangon City’s master plan examines the transport network within the city, and also takes into consideration the connectivity with the surrounding areas. AECOM incorporated the flood risk consultant’s flood-resilient design in the master plan by using existing creeks as flood mitigation, proposing a network of dykes, and by providing a detention and retention area which can be used as public uses, contributing to the city’s social and environmental infrastructure.
AECOM’s smart city framework is based on how the city’s urban and social infrastructure can benefit from technology. This technical-based eco-system will satisfy the New Yangon City’s sustainable development goals, and will focus on transport, healthcare, economy, security, education, utilities and environment.
The endless efforts between AECOM, multiple consultants and NYDC’s Planning & Development team recently saw New Yangon City Master Plan shortlisted for the Best Planning Project under the Singapore Institute of Planners.
In the next article, we will share our experiences from the Urban Land Institute Forum, which was held in Shanghai from June 11 – 13 2019.