Demonstration section of Yangpu riverside public space
Qian Tianjian   Nov 14.2018
"Facing the river but not seeing the river" is a problem of urban space in this area in the past hundred years.


For the intensive factories and units were cut on the banks of the river, in the Yangpu section near the waterfront area, "facing the river but not seeing the river" is a problem of urban space in this area in the past hundred years. The project is an important transformation of urban space, and is also a major opportunity for the city's industrial culture.
Yangpu riverside public space

Reason to Be Selected

The Demonstration Section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space is the starting section of Yangpu Binjiang public space, which has played an important demonstration role for the construction of Yangpu Binjiang public space and even the whole 45 km Huangpu River cross-strait project. It provides an effective reference. The project has made the old docks full of marks open to the public again and become an important part of the life of the citizens.


The project has made the old docks full open to the public again

Become an important part of the life of the citizens

Reuse and integration of infrastructure in landscape design


Mining and continuation of existing industrial environment: The industrial structures, scratches and texture left over from the old wharf are retained as the most true, most vivid, and most sensitive mappings, which are the spatialization and materialization of the memory we emphasize. Standing on the old pier, leaning against the former tethered ship pile, looking at the scene of Lujiazui CBD on the opposite side of Huangpu River, the urban culture continues in such a time thickness.
Applying a limited intervention and low impact design strategy, we designed a restoration system of the ecological environment based on the spatial condition of the factories and the local eco system. Behind the original floodwall there was a valley area with many aquatic plant inhabiting a small water puddle. We kept the topology and inserted a ecological wetland which collects rainwater. It collects and reserve water during heavy rain, decreasing the pressure on the drainage system, and reuse it for irrigation of the area’s vegetation through a pump-powered water circulation system. The plants for vegetation are mainly reeds and water-resistant arbor, which are commonly seen in the local eco system. The tectonics of passageways features a light steel structure that minimalizes impact to the environment during construction and in visual aspects places an interesting juxtaposition of industrial and natural landscape.
Reuse and integration of infrastructure in landscape design: The Yangshupu water plant poses a challenge but also a chance in the connection of Huangpu River waterfronts. Linkage was achieved by utilizing infrastructures and their structural parts as foundation of new constructions. Also, including the facilitating parts into landscape design offers a new and inspiring perspective for visitors and new content to landscape design and public activity.


Demonstration section of yangpu riverside public space concentrates on the urban industrial memory in the past one hundred years, inheriting the historical context and retaining the urban memory. Slowly, in pursuit of the past hundred years of Yangpu's industrial heritage, unwittingly picked up memories of past cotton mill production lines and unloading port wharfs.


Lat: 31.2522
Lng: 121.527
Region: Asia
Scale: District
Field: Landscape
City: Shanghai