We are proud to announce that Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District was named a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards. The World Changing Ideas Awards honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. Selected from over 1,200 entries, this year's World Changing Ideas include a breadth of projects in categories ranging from food to urban design—representing the best in social entrepreneurship today.
"Receiving this recognition from Fast Company is a great honor,” said Ming-Jen Hsueh, ASLA, lead designer of the project. “Our persistence in exploring new ideas in response to the issues facing modern society was at the core of our design philosophy for Sunqiao. The project is a bold experiment of how new urban typologies can have a larger impact on understanding where our food comes from."
Sasaki's master plan for the one square kilometer district of Sunqiao focuses on the integration of agricultural production with urban recreation, presenting urban agriculture as a dynamic living laboratory for research and education. By celebrating food production and creating a robust public realm, Sunqiao promotes a new paradigm of urban life with agricultural production at its core.
"Sometimes an idea that can have a big impact is so obvious that it's a bit strange to think that it hasn't been done already,” explained Sasaki principal Michael Grove, ASLA. “With leafy greens accounting for about 56% of the typical Shanghainese diet, the fact they are the ideal crop for hydroponic growing systems, and the cost of land driving buildings up instead of out, Shanghai is the ideal environment for the vertical farms that make up Sunqiao."
Read more about the award winners here.