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In June 2013, Brons + partners landscape architects visited the Beijing YingChengJianDu River Bank Green Corridor Project. (2011-2012), designed by Beijing Zhu Ze landscape architecture. The project is 1 of the 10 green corridors planed in Beijing City Master Planning 2004-2020, located along the Moat and the second ring road of Beijing, the first phase of the project is in total 9.3 kilometer, construction will be finished on 2013.

The Moat of Beijing was originally built in 1368, with strong and heavy structure to defense enemies. After more than 600-year city developments, the function of the river has transformed from city protector to city green corridor. Beijing, as a high-density city, has very limited public green space to stay outside, so the city government decided to transform the Moat riverbank structure into a public, eco and green belt for the city of Beijing and local residents.

Since the project is located along several important cultural heritages, like royal gardens, temples and tower (built in 1574), the design team uses their design from master plan to very detailed logo design, in order to retell the story of Beijing, and they succeed. At the meantime, they use the ecological material to achieve the Green and Eco goals; strong green structure and children playground give more pleasure to children.

Brons + partners also visited the project related to riverbank green corridor--Beijing NanChangHe Riverbank Park. (2012-2013), the project surrounded by residential buildings and nearby the Summer Palace royal garden. The main goal for this project is to offer more green public space for residents. To consider the historic specialty of the location, Zhu Ze used two perspectives to present the local history. The sculpture map with water lily pond represents the history of the capital city Beijing of Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), when the river structure has been built in the city. Also they replant the local plants like in the willow tree boulevard, and use the local material of tiles as design element to respect the history of local landscape and local culture. The whole park as a green lung, provides people a beautiful quiet space with fresh air.

Since the ecological and sustainable concerns of landscape design just arrived in China, we could see that these principles are yet not an integrated principle of the design process.
Questions arise like the use of the ecological system, water recycling and reduce of water for irrigation and the use of sustainable materials and natural power. The design has beautiful spaces and details but is somehow hard to see as part of an ecological connection in the city green structure.

Project number: 1305

Location: Beijing

Year: 2013

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