Wuhan Yangtze Riverfront Park
Architectural Practice, the journal of the Architectural Society of China, published two pieces about Sasaki’s work on waterfronts in their January 2020 issue. The first piece took a deep-dive into Wuhan Yangtze Riverfront Park, and the other featured an interview with Dou Zhang, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, LEED AP BD+C and Ming-Jen Hsueh, ASLA, PLA titled “Waterfront Urban Design Based on Ecology and Humanity: A Dialogue with Sasaki.”
In its article on Wuhan Yangtze Riverfront Park, the journal celebrates the project for leveraging the river’s frequent flooding as a resource. The park’s design repurposes abandoned industrial sites as vibrant waterfront hubs and takes advantage of the Yangtze’s changing tide to feed a rich ecological edge. The article concludes: “The master plan for Wuhan Yangtze Riverfront Park creates a socially inclusive and ecologically meaningful waterfront with a strong cultural identity that embraces the Wuhan’s unique philosophy derived from centuries of living alongside a dynamic river.”
Zhang and Hsueh echo the importance of living in harmony with water in their interview. Zhang comments on the importance of waterfront connections in cities: “If there is lack of connection between waterfronts and cities, the functions of waterfronts and their significance to city life will be greatly discounted.” She cites a number of Sasaki projects that demonstrate how design can strengthen these connections: the designs for Suzhou Creek, Jiading Central Park, and Xuhui Runway Park all resulted in improved water quality at the site.