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Waterfront Landmark Arch and mountain along the Sanlin Bund © TLS
Waterfront Landmark Arch and mountain along the Sanlin Bund © TLS
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TLS Wins Sanlin Bund Ecological Park, Shanghai

Video: https://vimeo.com/214590921

The City of Shanghai has announced TLS Landscape Architecture, Berkeley, California as the winner of an international competition for the Sanlin Bund Ecological Park in Shanghai.

This new 241-hectare urban park is part of a key civic initiative encircling the city to create major “Green Lungs” and combat the effects of global warming in a city of 24 million with exploding urban density. The park is anchored on the Huangpu waterfront (New Bund) with a great festival plaza and landmark arch framing views into the park and a new mountain overlook containing an art museum.

The park is about “working the land” and is energized by weaving together diverse strands of Sanlin culture - symbolized by the local “drunken lion dance”.

The park is given life by a constantly varying topography of hills and valleys utilizing harvested rubble and fill from on-site urban demolition and housing and underground garage construction. This shifting topography organizes site hydrology and allows for the greatest degree of biodiversity and multiple ecosystem cultivation including Cypress bogs, aquatic gardens, emergent wetlands, lowland meadows, and vast upland forests. Much of the park is covered in this dense native forest which frames a series of “valleys” each with a programmatic focus including urban sports, sustainable farming with rustic lodge, sculpture park, children’s ecological learning center, and wind harvesting.

The topo design is also carefully shaped to funnel summer breezes through living areas and adjacent areas of the city as well as to block cold winter winds. A park-wide system of pedestrian bridges span from knoll to knoll over roads allowing pedestrians and bikers to circumnavigate the vast park without encountering cars.  New and proposed canals as well as seasonal streams and ponds are laced throughout the park to create a massive bio-filtering response to the governments’ call for a “Sponge City”. This system cleans canals and runoff as well as retaining and infiltrating rainfall to mitigate the frequent flooding typical of overnight urbanization.  In an area once widely known for its riverfront farming, fishing, and nurseries, the land is returned to cultivation - this time by farming native ecosystems.

The park is expected to be completed in 2-3 years.

Other competing teams included Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl ./KCAP, Peter Walker and Partners, and AECOM.


 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Shanghai, China
My Role: TLS led the whole project and worked with two sub-consultants.
Additional Credits: TLS team: Tom Leader/Principal, Wenmo Zhang/Lead Designer,
Wei Chen, Kushal Lachhwani, Mario Accordino, Heather Dunbar, Hang Su, Pablo Alfaro, Senbo Yang, Xin Zhong, Robert Cabral, Jiawen Chen, Shengxian Jian.
Lotus Water, Robert Dusenbury, Shauna Dunton - Urban Hydrology
Klimaat, Meiring Beyer - Climate Design
Playhou.se, Richie Gelles – Video Design and Production

 
Historic scroll painting of Sanlin waterfront © TLS
Historic scroll painting of Sanlin waterfront © TLS
Water Valley - A lion-energized topography with native forest and pedestrian bridge network © TLS
Water Valley - A lion-energized topography with native forest and pedestrian bridge network © TLS
Water Valley - Children’s Ecological Learning Center © TLS
Water Valley - Children’s Ecological Learning Center © TLS
Water Valley - Aquatic gardens ecosystem © TLS
Water Valley - Aquatic gardens ecosystem © TLS
Forest Valley - Cypress swamp ecosystem © TLS
Forest Valley - Cypress swamp ecosystem © TLS
Forest Valley - Cypress Swamp Forest © TLS
Forest Valley - Cypress Swamp Forest © TLS
Earth Valley - Rice farming and rustic resort village © TLS
Earth Valley - Rice farming and rustic resort village © TLS
Sport Valley - Mountain trail and wetland © TLS
Sport Valley - Mountain trail and wetland © TLS
Sport Valley - Canal and Wetland ecosystem © TLS
Sport Valley - Canal and Wetland ecosystem © TLS
Music Plaza - Renovated historic warehouses for art studios and Nightlife Village next to Arch and plaza © TLS
Music Plaza - Renovated historic warehouses for art studios and Nightlife Village next to Arch and plaza © TLS
Park Plan © TLS
Park Plan © TLS
Waterfront and Sanlin Valley aerial © TLS
Waterfront and Sanlin Valley aerial © TLS
Music Plaza - Landmark Arch looking toward Huangpu River © TLS
Music Plaza - Landmark Arch looking toward Huangpu River © TLS