One Belt, One Road… One fantastic resource

When we started our research into a story about China’s plans to create a ‘New Silk Road’ through Asia, little did we know the work would end up taking on a life of its own beyond the pages of Modus – the magazine for members of RICS.

Such is the vast scale and incredible scope of the Chinese One Belt, One Road initiative, that electing to display some of the most significant projects on a map was something of a no-brainer. The end result was published in February’s edition, but the story of the map doesn’t end there.

To coincide with the Institution’s flagship international conference, the World Built Environment Forum, we thought it would be a good idea to produce some additional content for the event. Given it was being held in Shanghai, we started to think about how we could tell the story of One Belt, One Road in a way that would reach beyond RICS’ member base and help the Institution reach potential new stakeholders.

The solution was to take all the information that we researched, and create a fully searchable, interactive map of One Belt, One Road projects. After hours of patiently plotting them on to Google Maps, we had a mass of coordinates that we used to display the projects on our own map interface. The map is compatible with both desktop and mobile devices, and users are able to search projects by name and type, as well as toggling between map and satellite views, so they can literally see the projects taking shape.

RICS liked it so much, they asked us to design the interface so that it can be used for other interactive maps in the future.

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