Zhangjiabang Park, which will be Shanghai's largest park upon completion, was featured in World Landscape Architect last week. Sasaki completed the ambitious master plan earlier this year. The project, sited within 215 hectares of mixed forest, is proceeding with implementation.
The overarching goal of the project is to champion ecological and urban renewal for the surrounding area, which has faced mounting environmental issues resulting from rapid urban development. The park will use several innovative ecological strategies to remediate the area, including:
Creating 46 hectares of shallow emergent wetlands to mitigate poor water quality and rehabilitate wildlife habitats Dredging and regrading a 31 hectare lake to increase its depth to a maximum of 20 meters to allow natural nutrient turnover and establish diverse aquatic habitats Building a wetland bird sanctuary and constructed fish habitats that also serve as nature education centers
In addition to the expansive park, the master plan also includes 3.75 square kilometers of mixed-use development. This area will transform currently vacant industrial parcels into a lively district interconnected through transit and pedestrian-friendly trail systems. The urban development also pushes sustainability to the fore, reducing stormwater quantity and advocating for appropriate site-scale techniques for energy and resources conservation. In addition to these strategies, the project includes planting over 100,000 trees which will remove at least 19 metric tons of pollutants annually and reduce local temperatures by 3-5⁰ C, positioning the area as an urban microclimate within the larger urban context of Shanghai.
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...