On the periphery of Beijing, near the airport, a number of “Villa” style developments have been built since the beginning of the new economic era in China. Often with names that have been “lost in translation”, these developments, similar in some ways to the “gated communities” of North America, have been built to house foreign executives of the many Western companies now with divisions in Beijing, and the new Chinese executive class. In the Forest Forever project a “New Urbanism” approach to planning was investigated but eschewed in favour of a more traditional model based on the suburban planning principles of Fredrick Law Olmstead’s Riverside Plan in Chicago. The planned development features a unique retail/recreational village. The Village at Forest Forever comprises a blend of retail and recreational uses - restaurant and garden shop through to swimming pools, gymnasia, and badminton courts. The plan is based on the latest trend in North American retail development (the Village at Park Royal in West Vancouver, Canada for example). Stylistically, the Village merges traditional Chinese with a historically informed western architecture that has gained great popularity in China. Forest Forever Forest Forever Forest Forever Forest Forever Forest Forever