Zhangjiabang Park, a flagship urban park planned for Shanghai, is the first in a network of eight "green wedges" planned for the city. As China's largest and fastest growing city, Shanghai is focusing on adding richer landscapes into the urban environment, with the goal of improving the health of its citizens and restoring the ecological integrity of the region.
Sasaki's design for the park celebrates the interaction between humans and nature, providing recreational and educational opportunities. Michael Grove, Sasaki's principal in charge of the project, hopes that "Zhangjiabang will be an immersive environment that prioritizes restoring native habitats and biodiversity in the region," and that visitors to the park will be encouraged to "explore, discover, and understand the importance of reintroducing wilderness into the city."
Tao Zhang, the project's lead landscape architect and ecologist states that "the scale and complexity of Zhangjiabang Park offers an immense opportunity to apply our expertise to a metropolis in need of ecological rejuvenation." The design team also investigated strategies to improve the urban microclimate and create spaces that foster rich social and environmental experiences.
Upholding Sasaki's standard of strong graphic narratives, this video "aimed to communicate complex ideas in a manner that would be easy for anyone to understand, using fun graphics to tell the story clearly while remaining true to the science behind our solutions," Tao says.
The master plan was completed earlier this year, and Sasaki is helping to move the project forward into implementation. Get to know more about Zhangjiabang Park in the video below:
Zhangjiabang is the first of Shanghai's eight planned "green wedges", and will become the city's largest public park. A catalyst for ecological and urban renewal, the park creates an unprecedented amount...