Sasaki’s work on Xuhui Runway
Park was featured in an interview with Dou Zhang, ASLA,
senior associate and director of Sasaki’s Shanghai office. The interview was
published on Shanghai
Observer, an online publication of Jiefang
Daily, a major Shanghai newspaper with a readership over 700,000. The
interview explores the design strategies that are transforming a defunct runway
into a lively urban park with nods back to the site’s history.
“During the design process, we discovered that the runway’s concrete was still in decent shape and nearly half a meter thick,” says Zhang. “So we devised a strategy to incorporate what would otherwise be construction waste into the landscape. After several iterations, we managed to use the concrete pieces to form the pavement at the benches, lamps, and sunshade spaces. This preserves the characteristics of the runway’s original look, while saving construction material and reducing the environmental impact of pouring all new concrete.”
Xuhui Runway Park serves as a "sponge" for rainfall, eliminating contaminants before the water reaches the river
The article also details the incorporation of a rain garden that plays an important part in the site’s sustainable and environmentally friendly design:
“The rainwater runoff from roads is one of the major sources of pollution to the area’s rivers. With this in mind, filtering the polluted surface runoff through a large rain garden and constructed wetland is an effective approach to improving water quality,” says Zhang.
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