Shanghai Beach (Houtan) Park, China
Shanghai Houtan Park was built on a brownfield site in 2010. It is a regenerative landscape on Shanghai Huangpu river bank and won the ASLA professional awards. Its urban agriculture, ecological flood control and wetland water purification components are working as an integral system in an aesthetic form. The site is a narrow linear 14-hectare band and used to be a lay down yard for a steel factory. Houtan Park is a living system with the productive urban landscape providing multiple services for nature and society. It evokes not only the area’s agricultural civilisation, but also projects a future ecological civilisation with food production.
The site design obeys the rules of landscape ecology and overlaps the three different layers standing for different cultures, including the agricultural and industrial and post-industrial eco-civilisation. It is a reminiscence of the agricultural heritage using crops to create an urban farm reconnecting people with our agricultural history. People enjoy seasonal changes of different crops from sunflowers, rice to green clover, providing large amount of economic benefits and an opportunity to learn more about agriculture.
For further information see the project’s own website.
Image: Shanghai Beach (Houtan) Park by Turenscape Landscape Architecture (source: Turenscape Landscape Architecture www n.d.)