Jiading Central Park, a 70 hectare (173 acre) park in Shanghai, China, is the fruit of over five years of collaborative planning, design, and construction. The project was led by a team of over 30 Sasaki planners, urban designers, landscape architects, civil engineers, architects, graphic designers, and ecologists that spanned both Shanghai and Boston offices. It was this complicated, coordinated effort that yielded phenomenal results on the ground. Local knowledge and project oversight paired with cutting-edge thinking on sustainable urban environments from both locations were critical to the project's success.
Today, Jiading Central Park's ecologically-driven design is having a positive impact, helping to remediate the region's natural systems. The park also acts as the "green lung" of the Jiading District of Shanghai, as Sasaki Shanghai director Dou Zhang explains in a video aired on The Travel Channel in China on May 24, 2014. Working across both the Boston and Shanghai offices, Dou played a critical role throughout the entire span of the project alongside Sasaki principals Michael Grove and Isabel Zempel.
One of the most notable successes of Jiading Park is its contribution towards improving the region's biodiversity through its habitat restoration strategies and integrated landscape infrastructure. The result is a noticeable improvement in water quality throughout the park, and a variety of restored habitats which have fostered the return of multiple species of wildlife. The park serves as a regional model for ecologically-oriented design, and its ongoing impacts to the local ecosystem are currently being studied in a research project led by East China Normal University in collaboration with Sasaki landscape architect Tao Zhang. The research will examine the efficacy of Jiading's ecological interventions over time, and the results will be measured over the course of a year so that impacts are documented in all seasons.
See footage below of the completed park and Dou's commentary in the subtitled video clip below.
As part of the master plan of Jiading New City, a new 70 hectare central landscape axis was envisioned across the 17 square kilometer new development at the fringe of the city of Shanghai. After five years...