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Wei river

As a result of the urban expansion of Xi’an into a larger cluster, the river zone is changing from a peripheral to a connecting position. To address this development trend, an international competition for Wei river dredging and the conceptual planning and design of both sides of the river was held .


The project scope has a total length of about 15.5 kilometres and a total area of about 56.3 square kilometres. The assignment includes the design for the river space, northern and southern ecological banks and the urban zones in proximity to Wei river and the Jingwei peninsula.

The planning area is the ecological backbone and cultural location where the Eight rivers of Xi’an converge, including the national-level Jingwei Wetland and the famous historical landscape of ‘Jing Wei Fenming’. It is also located in the key area of the north-south expansion and urban integration of Xi’an. Wei river is the largest tributary of Yellow river, and the ambition is to improve its ecological conditions and revive the prosperity of the riverside new urban areas.


The consortiums approach to this assignment is the “Re Weitalization” through 4 strategies:

“Green gathering park” is focused on developing a landscape framework for the future urbanization, ecological measures to increase the habitat diversity and quality, safety measures to manage dredging, the sediment flows and protect the river banks and sponge city measures both in the river space and in the urban areas to manage water collection and discharge.

“Restore Wei river” sets the conditions for urban development within the previously mentioned landscape framework, including desired densities and urban patterns.

“Green fusion” under the structure of One ring, two belts, one line and ten parks, promotes the integration of city, villages and green space, injecting supporting functions and identity to the park system that compliments the living environments in the proximity.

“Innovation extension” aims to connect existing industries with new innovative and ecological industries and organize the urban fabrics to facilitate the exchange and cooperation.


Some design highlights of this project include the Jingwei Fenming peninsula Botanical garden, the revival of ancient Wei river line, the urban wetland park and the historical art cultural corridor in the southern bank


In Shenzhen heeft de snelle stadsuitbreiding van de afgelopen 40 jaar geleid tot rivieromgevingen zoals de 11,6 km lange Xinqiao-rivier met een verwaarloosde en gekanaliseerde rivier, beperkte ruimte aan de rivieroever en met weinig waarde voor biodiversiteit, ecologie of leefbaarheid.

Het Blueway-beleid biedt de mogelijkheid om 1000 km bestaande rivieren, rivierfronten en meren in Shenzhen om te vormen tot multifunctionele waterfronten.

De investering van 734 miljoen RMB in het Xinqiao Blueway-project zal de rivier transformeren in een groene Blueway met een gezonde rivierecologie, groene rivierfrontruimten en natuurlijke rivieroevers, die klimaatadaptieve maatregelen integreren en gebieden vergroten voor infiltratie en waterbuffering. Verder worden doorgaande langzaamverkeerspaden ontwikkeld om de stad met de rivier te verbinden. Er zijn plezierige openbare ruimtes, parken en voorzieningen toegevoegd en er zijn integrale gebiedsontwikkelingen van vier kerngebieden ontworpen.

Ons internationale multidisciplinaire team van landschapsarchitecten, stedenbouwkundigen, architecten, ecologen en hydrologen heeft een integraal ontwerp opgeleverd met een hoge sociale, economische, culturele en ecologische waarde en een goede haalbaarheid.

Shiyan river and Niugudou reservoir

Shiyan river project has an 11.48km core construction scope, which covers from Shiyan Bridge to the upper reach of the river, including the Shilongzai tributary and Niugudou reservoir.

Inspired by the future development of the landscape, city, and neighborhood in Shiyan, the project puts forward the design concept of ‘landscape Shiyan, happy river street’ to create a more ecological urban tissue, a more charming industrial space, and more diverse neighborhood life in Shiyan.

The proposal integrates landscape design, urban design and environmental approaches, and formulate innovative exploration on river climate adaptive design and ecological value applications. It also stimulate the spatial & functional transformation on surrounding urban fabrics, to make Shiyan River an adaptive and active river park.

Our team consists of landscape architects, urban designers, architects, ecologists and hydrologists, which could provide flexible and feasible solutions for such complex project.

Xili Reservoir Blueway

Located in Xili International Science and Education District in Shenzhen, the site holds valuable water resource for 1/3 of Shenzhen’s population, precious Hakka village culture and also stands as future intelligent highland for high-end research and education industry. Therefore, we put forward the concept of “Xili, the resource of ecology”, to make Xili Lake Reservoir Blueway as both water resource protection and a new model for natural inclusive urban-landscape development.


The site requires ecological recovery, urban-rural regeneration and upgrading landscape gateway under the strict rules of water resource protection. Therefore we explored the characteristics of 7 rivers by deep site investigation and diagnosis, and processed the structure as ‘Southern city district & Northern wild landscape’. We preserve the ecological values and historical villages’ cultural values for the 4 northern blueways, reverse its hidden wilderness into perceptible riverfront experience. We enhance the linkage between southern urban blueways with surrounding urban areas, transforming the original channelized backside river into an inspiring public waterfront for gathering and communication, which function also as stage for urban innovations.
On regional scale, we intends to build up a mountain-lake-sea leisue & slow traffic framework, by completing the round-lake blueway, Yangtai Mountain trails and connection with surrounding Dasha River Blueway, which forms a 25km continuous double green & blue rings.

We select Baimang co-sharing academic park, Makan community park Kirin Theatre, Dakan-Makan natural exploration park as 3 key areas to express the innovative urban public space, natural inclusive waterfront leisure and urban village transformation by solid design. Besides, the multi-disciplinary team also formulate specific proposals for hydrology & ecology, slow traffic system & transportation, program operation, lighting design, smart park & low carbon development, phasing etc., in order to provide an comprehensive all-in-one solution for Xili Reservoir Blueway.

The difficult challenges of this blueway project is how to integrate 7 rivers, which is different in water quantity, ecology, topography, land use, into one systematic while adaptive strategies & design solutions, and achieve the vision within all kinds of limitations.
During the working process, our team dedicated to proceed and combine hydrology and ecology study, urban-river relationships, spatial accessibility and local cultural identity research, in order to formulate 7 rivers into such South-city North-Nature framework; And the application of toolbox adapting into each site for design also urge us to reconsider how to evolve the design while still heritage the original concept while in the end present with a innovative and considerate content.



DIVERCITY Chishi River Master Plan, de winnende inzending uit 37 inzendingen uit 12 landen, pakt de complexe taak aan om Shenzhen naar het oosten uit te breiden en het ecologisch en cultureel waardevolle Chishi River Basin te verstedelijken, met behoud van biodiversiteit en cultureel erfgoed en tegelijkertijd klimaatbestendigheid voor een toekomst stad. Na uitgebreid onderzoek naar ecologie, landschapstopologie, rivierhydrologie en dorpscultuur stelt het alomvattende strategieën voor die het hele stroomgebied bestrijken. Een blauw-groen raamwerk zorgt voor de klimaatbestendigheid van de nieuwe stad en verrijkt tegelijkertijd de biodiversiteit en natuurlijke rivierkenmerken, b.v. mangrovemoerassen in Chishi’s kostbare intergetijdengebieden. Traditionele dorpen en het hele landschap dat in hun levensonderhoud voorziet, worden bewaard in de vorm van door de gemeenschap beheerde ‘landbouwparken’ – een bron van lokaal voedsel en recreatieve routes voor nieuwe stadsbewoners. Vervoer verbindt stedelijke voorzieningen, historische dorpen en plaatsen om de natuur te ervaren evenzeer, waardoor innovatie, levendigheid en culturele uitwisseling worden bevorderd. In tegenstelling tot het verstedelijkingsmodel van Shenzhen in het verleden, wordt ‘Nature-Driven Urbanism’ toegepast langs de 37 km lange Chishi-rivier: verstedelijkingspatronen zijn gebaseerd op de natuurlijke eigenschappen van het landschap, waardoor gezonde en inspirerende stedelijke leefomgevingen ontstaan waar natuur en cultuur nooit ver.


The Jinghe River has a long history with prosperous culture. The river will cross the new to be built Xixian district for half a million people. Located in the middle of the new development, over a length of 17.5 km, the river space will be the main green-blue corridor of the district. The design will protect the original natural meandering features of the Jinghe River. It includes a large floodplain, a river front with waterscapes, boulevards and slow traffic facilities, creating a continuous recreational zone and attractive riverpark. The riverpark enhances the long history and local landscape character. The vision is a riverfront that combines nature with urban life and full of vitality.

Based on the principle of ‘living with water’, we have integrated the city water system and the riverfront, with nature-based solutions to keep and reuse the water in recreational waterscapes. The green-blue structure of the river project is a comprehensive approach on the total water system. Multiple ecological landscape strategies are integrated with the specific conditions of the flooding zones.

At the same time, the river front is articulated to enhance the view corridors, the landscape nodes and landmarks in correspondence with the main entrances, the function and structure of the urban area. The waterfront space has diverse features, as such countryside, nature, urban balconies, recreation, and living environments.

The green-blue structure with the total water system in the city is integrated with the waterfront zone. At the same time, the river front is composed to enhance the view corridors, the landscape nodes and landmarks in correspondence with the main entrances, the function and structure of the urban area. The river becomes a central spine and attraction for the new Xixuan district.


Under the Silk Road Sea Route framework, Shenzhen New Marine City is a major strategic move to transform the marine industry of the Guangzhou-Hongkong-Macau Great Bay region. Meanwhile, in a time of climate change and sustainable thinking, as a new city it bears the mission of creating a higher level of environmental and living quality. Its unique advantages as a l land-reclamation city, compared to inland cities, should be a starting point in re-envisioning how to address those challenges. Therefore, we partnered up with Deltares and blended expertise in, on one hand, planning and design, on the other, delta water environment engineering. Our collaboration produced a plan to build both a future marine economic center and a sustainable and resilient city of high environmentalquality.



The project is a strategic measure to implement the current national agricultural policies. It covers the food valley (111.32 km2) and the north district of the Free Trade Zone (9.58 km2). Our plan aims to facilitate agricultural opening up, technological innovation, land reformation, integration of agriculture with the second and the third industry, and the creation of new growth drivers. It has mainly addressed three aspects:

– Building a world-class metropolitan food industry area. Learning from the Green-ports of Dutch food industry, and incorporating existing industries and infrastructure, we apply the metropolitan food cluster (MFC) to spatial structuring, and plan functions to support advanced supply chain. This project can be the reference for the whole Weifang region to establish its regional level cluster.

– Planning a future for agriculture, villages and the rural population. Based on existing forms of agricultural activities, local landscape resources and need for industrial functions, we have proposed diverse forms of agricultural activities, ranging from hi-tech closed production at corporate levels, to semi-open and open production at family/community farm levels. The proposal preserves one third of existing villages, and plans for their extended agricultural programs, to allow for social and cultural continuity in the economic and spatial transformation.

– Sustainable urbanization. Our plan is structured with the larger landscape and industrial functions, and embedded with circular economy strategies for industrial and urban metabolism. Specifically, a green-blue network carries ecological functions, urban green spaces and slow traffic system. The industrial areas are oriented with the MFC model and configured with functions along the supply chain. Recycling of water and biomaterials, and energy production from biomass and other types of renewables are planned to further make the industry and city more efficient and sustainable.




Hualong is located in the upper stream of Yellow River, where is famous for good water quality and mountainous landscape along the riverfront. Hualong Tourist Route is a slow traffic system along the Yellow River which is mainly composed of bike paths, walking trails and other ancillary facilities. The slow traffic system can not only improve the accessibility and connectivity of the riverfront area, but also serve as a platform to showcase the magnificence of Yellow River, the rural landscape, and natural and cultural attractions along the route. The system enhances the attractiveness of Hualong as a tourist destination and promotes Qunke as “Upstream Yellow River Pearl Tourism Belt” to become an important development node


Xingjiang River is the first level branch of Wujiang River. It is the ‘mother river’ of Anshun. The upper stream has an attractive karst landscape. Here is also the home of minority groups, who have special type of building, named Tunpu. However, the river environment has been polluted and canalized/channelized. The nature quality and flood safety need to be improved urgently, because they also impact the local society and economy.
The goal of this project is to comprehensively enhance the safety level related to flood control and improve the river ecology of upstream tributaries of Xingjiang River. The project also aims to stimulate the added value of the area. The proposal does not rely on the traditional single solution approach, like using dikes to only control flooding, proposing development restriction policies to only address ecological recovery or purifying water through specialized facilities.

Instead, we create a multi-level planning strategy. Through eco-friendly interventions, the strategy aims to improve the carrying capacity of the river, the flood storage capacity of both river and control areas and the self-purification capacity of the water bodies. In addition to this, by designing with professional landscape knowledge, we can achieve the improvement of environmental quality. The specific strategies also include returning space to the river, building an eco-gully, eco-green land construction, etc.