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  1. Shenzhen Terraces
    Shenzhen | China

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    Shenzhen Terraces, is a new part of the city, that will form the core of the thriving university neighbourhood in Universiade New Town, Longgang District, Shenzhen, acting as a new three-dimensional urban living room. The 101,300-square-metre, mixed-use development for the Shimao ShenKong International Centre contains more than 20 programs, including a small gallery, library, and outdoor theatre.
    Shenzhen Terraces aims to bring vitality and innovation to the area through a seamless integration of landscape, leisure, commerce, and culture. Located in the heart of the Longgang district at the meeting point of high-rise housing, commercial complexes, and sports and educational facilities, the site is ideally located to serve as a defining public space within the region.
    The central concept of Shenzhen Terraces is to merge the existing landscape with the new development by using stacked plateaus for its various buildings. The predominantly horizontal lines of the terraces contrast with the vertical lines of the surrounding high-rises to bring about a sense of tranquillity through their slow curving shapes.


    Shenzhen is a metropolis defined by hills of lush vegetation. The topography of the city has allowed the presence of a number of ecological cores which act as islands. The design of the landscape is inspired by such green pockets, overgrown with multi-layered sub-tropical vegetation. Different pebbles compose a design that showcases and enhances local biodiversity, while offering a variety of open space programmatic opportunities.

    The definition of the planting species has been led by a research aimed to re-propose the sub-tropical forest typology, bringing wild nature into the plot with several lush pockets which will contribute to make Shenzhen a city where naturare percolates, fostering a sharper encounter between the city and the wilderness.


    Bringing wild nature into the plot with several lush pockets will contribute to make Shenzhen a city where naturare percolates, fostering a sharper encounter between the city and the wilderness.


  2. Zhangjiang Future Park
    Shanghai | China

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    Zhangjiang Future Park will become a new focal point for Pudong with communal public facilities combining nature, culture and entertainment with green landscaped buildings and a public park blending into its surrounding.
    Located in Pudong, Shanghai, Zhangjiang Future Park is part of a high-technology and innovation district for both national and international companies hosting over 100,000 workers. Aside from being a business and industrial park, the area provides residences for workers and their families who live nearby. The competition-winning design combines 10,000m2 of public plazas and 37,000m2 of four distinct venues – a library, an art centre, a performance centre and a sports centre. Furthermore, 56,000m2 of public park will be created which blends in and draws from the natural green surrounding landscapes.



    The four distinct buildings are at the heart of this development and offer within walking distance an array of cultural and entertainment facilities. They all have activated roofs forming an elevated area connected together with pedestrianized bridges, acting as a second city layer that provides views of the river and neighborhood and picnic areas. The design proposes a recognizable collection of buildings that emerge seemingly like silhouetted cracks in the landscape and provide different perspectives depending on where one is located on the site. The green roofs program not only offers a lively and biodiverse park program integrated into the building’s function but they provide sustainable benefits including stormwater drainage, cleaner air, noise reduction and energy savings due to thermal insulation.


  3. The 24 gardens of Sanlin
    Shanghai | China

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    The Sanlin area on the Pudong side of Shanghai is one of the last green-ish areas along the Hangpu river. How to make use of this special atmosphere? The transformation from a agricultural village mix-use towards a green urban neighborhood offers special opportunities to develop a diverse and sustainable urban park-like development. The existing tapestry can form the basis of a patchwork of gardens, some more park-like others like small neighborhoods with their own character. In the collection of river developments the Sanlin area will then stand out as a green urban park. The Sanlin area can be easily connected to the metropolitan transport system of Shanghai, offering good connections for both inhabitants as visitors.


    The plan is a organize around two main concept: 1. a patchwork of gardens defines the different neighborhoods and 2. a ring park that gives a clear structure and a connective ecological role to the masterplan, connecting it to the Huangpu River area.


    The masterplan is a collection of neighborhoods and parks, that in total create 24 gardens. The landscape diversity gives the structure and the character to the new development.




    BAMBOO ISLANDS. Low residential is here combined with a water high-ecological landscape. Each house has direct access to water; a variety of bamboos’ species are defining the character of the area.


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    FLOWER GARDEN. High density residential buildings are arranged into a garden landscape. Each building has its own garden, and each garden has a different design, creating a patchwork that reminds the richness of a botanical garden.



  4. River Pebbles
    Changsha | China

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    The difference between rocks and pebbles is deter- mined by the restless action of water which, with time, smoothens rocks into rounded, polished stones. The creative process can be seen as the stream of water: the unceasing effort to transform everyday life into something special, and the result can be compared to the elegant variety of river pebbles.
    In the Changhsa Creative Park, islands of activity are obtained within the functional flows of pedestrian, cars and emergency vehicles routes.
    Like pebbles are similar in dimension and shape, but all different to each other when it comes to colours and textures, a new variety of urban elements are spread over the site; they create the conditions for spontane- ous and creative use of the public space, for the benefit of the people who work in the offices and for the many visitors.

    A grid of trees is the background of the plan; the pedestrian flows are the functional streams that generate the pebbles, elements where people can meet, work and perform in a creative environment.


    The highest concentration of vegetation is located at the south side in order to take maximum advantage of the shading and cooling qualities of plants and trees.


    A variety of water feature are located at the northern side of the site in order to enhance the cooling effect of the prevailing winds that originates from the north-west.


    Like the river pebbles have similar size but are different to each other in colours and texture, in the same way a variety of public space elements defines the area. A great array of functions are spread around the site and allow a large variety of activities to happen spontaneously; in a pebble shape.

    The choice of the two main materials, the stone and the gravel is led by the aim of reinterpreting the traditional Chinese court-yards in a contemporary key. The juxtaposition of gravel and stone will enhance the sensory experience of the open space not only visually but also in a tactile and acoustic point of view.




  5. The Green Valley
    Shenzhen | China

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    Longhua District is located on the symbolic central axis of Shenzhen north of the Civic Center and Futian. However so far the district developed informally, as it was not part of the original Special Economic Zone. Its setting surrounded by green hills offers the opportunity to match the rising desire of Shenzhen people for a better living environment with close connections to nature.
    The open space masterplan connects a number of independent parks into a landscape system that reaches to the nearby mountains, reservoir and river. Shenzhen’s iconic hills and the Guanlan River Eco Corridor [link] will become accessible for recreational outdoor activities.
    Urban design guidelines link the park system with the adjacent development plots in a way usually not achieved in China. The experience of the natural landscape will become part of everyday life, offering relief from hectic urban life, and giving people the opportunity to learn from, appreciate and care for their surroundings.
    The project was supported by an ecological impact assessment to address storm water management, reduce the heat island effect, and positive ecological effects in order to create a healthy and ecological city environment.

    The Green Heart is the area framed by the two Long Lines and is the place where the highest ambition for the integration of landscape and development is concentrated. Very visible from the over-ground metro line, is the core of the Green Valley where the built structure and open landscape interact harmoniously. Five different finger parks, cross the Green Heart in the east-west direction.




    The Water&Hill Park is a highly sustainable park. The eastern part of the park is standing in a low topographical area that allows water collection: recreation here is directly linked with nature and with the educational value of the ecological landscape.


    The Low Line is a vibrant sequence of different urban spaces under the metro line viaduct. The shadow casted from the metro line viaduct protects the underlying part from the strong heat in summer creating a more pleasant microclimate underneath. Different urban spaces are located in the Low Line: sport fields and playgrounds, seasonal and wild gardens.


  6. Xiangmi Orchard
    Shenzhen | China

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    Xiangmi is a natural retreat where people can escape the hustle and bustle of the noisy urban environments. The juxtaposition of different landscapes provide a wide range of scenarios where people can enjoy the park in different ways. From strolling through experience paths that cross the lychee forest, to fish in the natural ponds where rain water is collected and purified; from playing in the sport fields and playgrounds, to enjoy the locally grown products in blossoming fields -reminding the agriculture past of the area. The common theme that ties the different landscapes together is the sustainable approach that leads to reuse soil and water, and take advantage of renewable natural resources to create a healthy balance between people and nature.


    1. CONNECT: An inviting new hotspot for the neighborhood 2. RE-USE: A symbol for sustainability 3. DIVERSITY: A beautiful collection of natural and artificial settings

    While the built environment of Shenzhen is changing rapidly, trees can be seen as its only true and lasting heritage. Besides this, the dense lychee forest gives Xiangmi Orchard a special atmosphere that we consider very valuable. Therefore, our idea is to preserve as many of the existing trees as we can. Any construction or intervention should always focus on keeping the trees intact. The integration of trees within paths, plazas, stairs and buildings, the character Xiangmi Orchard will become even more unique.

    The construction of large new buildings like the Flower Expo always starts with excavation. Transporting the excavated soil to another location would require many truck journeys and would therefore cause a large emission of CO2. Rather than considering this excess soil a problem, we use it as a resource. Together with the soil that comes from the enlargement of the lake and the construction of two new ones, it is used to create a sound barrier the park and Xiangmihu Road. The hills are planted with tea bushes and will have small pavilions integrated, as well as the recycling center.


    The new pedestrian bridge that connects the westside of the park to the east side adds an entire new level to the experience of the park. Starting from a height of 8 meters above the ground, visitors will have a panoramic overview of the entire park. It connects directly to the higher floors of the natural science library. Above the hill, the bridge submerges through the dense canopy of the lychee forest.



  7. Dayun New Town
    Shenzhen | China

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    In contemporary Chinese society cars and motorized transportation systems have dramatically limited motor experience of people. Combined with the fact that most of CBD users have a sedentary work, and, cities to their best to reduce any physical activity (stairs have been replaced by escalators) the impact on public health could be substantial.
    The extensive use of cars, of course, is also affecting common health by increased air and sound pollution.
    That’s the background of our proposal: a model where active transportation methods, walking and biking, take central stage in the urban experience. We propose to enhance and make more efficient the public transportation network, and we create the base for a new relation between people and cars, not by separating them, but by reorganizing hierarchy in favour of bikers and pedestrians.
    Many urbanites have lost direct contact with nature. Nature in cities is becoming more and more limited to small patches of manicured green. Losing contact with nature poses several threats to our cities: low resilience to extreme climatic events and high pollution; and to citizens: the ‘lack of experience’ of nature, which has been scientifically proven to be fundamental, especially for kids.
    We propose wild nature as an integral part of the city: a dense vegetation layer of shrubs and trees that will assure a high level of biodiversity by creating the needed conditions for wildlife habitats.
    We take advantage of the sub-tropical climate to establish a lush landscape as an amenity for citizens, as an important ecological connection and to mitigate the meteorological events.



    Dayun lies between natural areas with high ecological value and the urban center of Longgang. Its position is crucial, in the urban scale, for extending the qualities and benefits of nature into the urban setting. A new green fabric follows the shape of the city: the streetscape. Its network structure allows certain resilience and flexibility, and a more extensive influence on urban-ecological.





    Each cluster is defined by its own identity; diversity meets in the streets: various atmospheres and situations distinguish a vibrant public space.









    The main plinth typology will follow the public space structure of the 2 plazas and the boulevard. The secondary plinth typology is meant to activate and regulate some important streets, second in hierarchy to the plazas and boulevard. 




  8. Jianshan Landscape City
    Haining | China

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    The location chosen for the Jianshan New City is situated in a breath-taking natural landscape context, between the hills and river. This provides the opportunity for future dwellers of the new city to have physical and visual contact with the largest scale of natural landscape.
    The different scales and types of landscape both natural and man-made, together form the landscape framework of the plan.
    The primary connections between the hills and the river are formed by four linear parks. Three parks connect into this structure – the central park, the eastern park and the golf park.
    The central park is the main meeting space of the city and is organized into two main parts: densely planted outer edge of forest and he inner area, a collage of different
    functions that will host a number of different activities and programs.
    In the outer part, a web of paths links from the context into the park. In the inner area a large central lake allows visitors direct contact with the water and plays host to a number of water based activities such as fishing, sailing and canoeing. Other areas are dedicated to agriculture, ecology and woodland. There is also a large events space.


    The primary connections between the hills and the river are formed by four linear parks. Three parks connect into this structure – the central park, the eastern park and the golf park. A finer grain network of linear green spaces along the canals create additional green pedestrian and cycle connections in the plan A continuous network of tree-lined streets will create quality addresses, and a green, shady and walkable city.



    A strategy of minimal intervention in the existing water network and the addition of a new central lake in the central park will provide the required water storage in the new city. The water network will be integrated into the landscape and the streetscape, creating urban quality from a water management necessity.


    A strategy of minimal intervention in the existing water network and the addition of a new central lake in the central park will provide the required water storage in the new city. The water network will be integrated into the landscape and the streetscape, creating urban quality from a water management necessity.SCHEMES






  9. Pingdi Low Carbon Campus
    Shenzhen | China

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    The Shenzhen Eco City will showcase some of the most advanced sustainability-related technologies in the world, and the different ways of how these can affect different disciplines and therefore people daily life.
    Sustainability has an extremely important role when it comes to landscape design. Dealing with landscape means to deal with some crucial ecological topics as the protection of natural systems, a resilient water management and enhancement of flora and fauna biological diversity.
    The project starts from this deep understanding of the site background and local conditions. The landscape of Pingdi is not only meant to be the natural setting for the Shenzhen Eco City, but rather it will be part of it, the living part of it.
    The landscape itself will showcase different ap- proaches of how open space design can be inte- grated with sustainability, and, in the same time, will provide space for relaxing and recreation to the many visitors of the site.
    Three different landscapes will here merge creating a rich variety of atmospheres and will provide different functions to the users. Each of the three landscape typology will be driven by a specific sustainable approach of dealing with the open spaces, and will activate new natural processes that will mitigate the presence of Man and the exploitation of the land.

    The North and West area of the site, temporary vacant, will be densely planted with different trees ‘species. This area will be used as a tree nursery: once a new use of the land will be required, the trees will be moved and replanted in the park. The southern part of the site will include a new urban park. It will feature a natural-looking landscape of ponds connected to each other. Those ponds will work as a storage volume for rainwater and grey waters, and they will be cleaned by phytoremediation. The riverfront will be kept as natural as possible, and planted with a wide variety of species enhancing the local biodiversity.