The Huai Rou New Town development is 868 hectares, situated in the southeast sector of the District of Huai Rou, 50 kilometers from Beijing City. EKISTICS’ concept plan for Huai Rou is based on the development of a series of interconnected traditional villages to form a larger new town. This is a contextual response to the setting of the site, an area renowned for its natural beauty, mountain vistas, recreational focus and pastoral setting. A careful analysis and understanding of the fundamental defining characteristics that form the structure of a traditional village is integrated into the configuration of each village. Unique characteristics, such as an identifiable central public space, compact development, distinct edges, an idiosyncratic street system, a cohesive architectural vocabulary, a strong relationship to surrounding landscape and topographic features, provide each village with its own unique structure.