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Jinghe River Environment Upgrade Management Conceptual Design

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 river becomes a central spine and attraction for the new Xixuan district.

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Shenzhen New Marine City

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 environmental quality.

 

Weifang Naitonal Agriculture Demonstration Zone Core Area Funtional Zoning Plan

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 Yellow River Slow Traffic Landscape Design

Hualong locates 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 combined with bike path, walking trails and other ancillary facilities. The slow traffic system can not only greatly improves the accessibility and connectivity of the riverfront area, but also serves as a platform to present the magnificent of Yellow River, rural landscape, natural and cultural attractions along the route. The system enhances the attractiveness of Hualong as a tourist destination and promote Qunke as “ Upstream Yellow River Pearl Tourism Belt” to become an important development node.

Anshun Xixiu District Xingjiang River Upstream Water Environment Management

Xingjiang River is the first level branch of Wujiang River. It is the ‘mother river’ of Anshun. The upper stream has attractive Karst landscape. Here is also the home of Minorities who has special type of building, named Tunpu. However, the river environment are polluted and chanalized. The quality of ecology and flooding safety problem influence the local society and economy which need to be improved urgently.
The goal of this project is to comprehensively enhance the safety level for flood control and river ecology of upstream tributaries of Xingjiang River. At the same time, stimulating the added value of the area is another goal. The plan drops the commonly used traditional single solution off: no building hard dykes only for flood control; no proposing development restriction policies only for ecology recovery; no relying on the water purification factory. Instead, we are going to create a multi-level planning strategy by using eco-friendly method on improving the follow aspects: improving flood carrying capacity of the river; improving flood storage capacity of river and river control areas; enhancing the self-purification capacity of the water bodies. Meanwhile by designing with professional landscape knowledge we can achieve the improvement of environmental quality. The specific strategies also include returning land to the river, building ecol-gully, eco-green land construction etc.

Qunke Landscape Belt Greenary

Hualong County was selected as one of the 127 featured towns of China in the first batch selection because of its unique Lamen culture. Besides this, its long history of farming, the magnificent natural landscape of the Yellow River, comfortable climate and abundant folk culture are all the supporting potential of tourism economy development.

The center of  Qunke New District where the project located will be the showcase of the above mentioned characters. It will be the landmark of Qunke, the landscape business card for the county and the stage for the local culture history.

The spatial design of the project tries to meet the multiple function requirements for both festivals and daily use instead of traditional monotonous axis layout. By using rising wedge shaped space to realize the transition from lively atmosphere to daily use stage and to achieve the spatial balance between the square and the green land. The function design also reflects on the functions of the surrounded area to meet the multiple usage requirements.

VISION “EILAND VEUR LENT”

In relation to the ongoing climactic changes, the Netherlands is facing a potential flooding crisis. To stay ahead of this crisis, our rivers need more ‘room to expand’. At the town of Lent, this has resulted in a gully next to the river Waal. The morphological changes also create an island between the river and the gully. NL Urban Solutions, in cooperation with the British firm Baca Architects, has made a landscape design for this island. The island itself will be used as a recreational retreat, and the dike on the Lent bank will be shaped to visualize the different water levels in the gully.

 

RIVER LEEK ‘ROOM FOR RIVER’ COMPREHENSIVE RIVER MANAGEMENT

This project is part of the national program ‘Room for the River’ that secures the future of the Dutch rivers and helps to deal with flood risks. For this particular project, NLUS designed three options for the development of the river banks. The starting point was to make sure the capacity of the river was increased, resulting in a ‘preferred’ design of a small gully in the bottleneck of the river, creating a small island which could house a recreational facility, a beach and a marina.
In addition, new natural qualities can be introduced along the new, lowered river banks. Additional housing projects have been investigated to increase the total quality of the area.

DEVENTER ‘ROOM FOR RIVER’

‘Room for River’, the national level program, combines the goal of increasing water safety from river flooding with the improvement ofthe spatial and ecological quality along the rivers. NL Urban Solutions was asked to create a general Spatial Quality Framework that can provide a basis for the decision making, the feasibility study, the project design and the quality framework for the riverside landscape plans. As example of one of the 31 Space for the river projects in our country, two new gullies will be developed along the Ijssel river in Deventer. One of these added gullies is planned through the culturally and historically valuable floodplain park Worp, one of the oldest parks in our country. The planning study aimed to investigate the opportunities to connect the water safety issue with respect to the preservation and renovation of the cultural historic qualities of the park and what other spatial qualities could be added. The plan concept for the newly landscaped floodplains in Deventer, the floodplain park, is a symbiosis of the existing park and the new river landscape.

 

 

Xinachuan river ecological comprehensive management project

The Xinachuan River Park in Duoba, Qinghai, China is a comprehensive urban river management project. The project integrates ecological flooding defense and urban landscape improvements. With an area of 54ha and a 2km-long river of running through the new town center, the project balances flood control, river ecology and spatial quality. The project provides an active public riverfront to define Duoba’s new townscape and also forms a systematic landscape structure with Huangshui River.