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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.

Haidong Hetanzhai Wetland Park Detailed Construction Design

Under the direction of Haidong’s ecological master plan, the key-area landscape design delivers a concrete vision in Ping’an West and the wetland in Ping’an East. The wetland design addresses river safety, water shortages and water quality in the two sites. The project process involved studying the Huangshui River water condition, existing plantation, and urban infrastructure & construction character. The strategies proposed define the floodplain based on 50-year flooding safety standard, and use additional ecological dykes & river bank protections. The Project retains the river’s natural forms, arranging wetland, fish ponds, farmland and rural parks within the floodplain. The Project reduces sedimentation and produces clean water for agricultural irrigation by introducing clean water system. Additionally, the Project introduce a continuous bicycle route to enhance site accessibility.

Duoba Huangshui River Park Landscape Concept Plan

With the theme ‘Huangshui Wetland, Urban Oasis’, this project develops a comprehensive river park in Duoba. The project combines the characteristics of the regional ecological belt, eco-security buffer zone, local cultural, historical and recreational corridor, and urban façade for Duoba New Town. The planning strategies focus on repairing river ecology by creating diverse river habitats and a natural river landscape. At the same time, these spatial interventions follow the ‘Space for the River’ approach to enhance flood safety in a more resilient and environmentally friendly way than traditional concrete dikes. The proposal integrates the unique local characteristics of plateau climate, land form, and cultural diversity to form a strong local cultural identity. The project improves urban and rural spatial quality by reorganizing public space, riverfronts, and eco-friendly slow traffic systems. The Duoba River Park Plan contributes to the new town’s long-term development in the river landscape and integrated urban environment.

Haidong Huangshui River Basin Ecological Landscape Concept Master Plan

The project formulates an innovative direction and methodology for the ecological urban development in Haidong.

In order to build Haidong as the ‘green valley’ in Huangshui River region, the project proposes multiple strategies with the concepts of ‘green river’, ‘green mountain’ and ‘green city’. The strategy will remediate the Huangshui River’s ecological condition, enhance the urban spatial quality, and stimulate economic development.

The project has seven main challenges: regional ecological system recovery, flooding and river ecology, drought and water harvesting, soil erosion, sand sedimentation and mud slide prevention, urban bicycle route implementation as slow traffic system, and recreational uses in an urban landscape.

The project provides specific strategies for each challenge, and delivers a comprehensive vision for Haidong’s ecological safety grid. The grid consists of a river ecological belt, north-south mountain ecological buffer zone, mountain-edge ecological transition zone, and urban green infrastructure network. Additionally, the project explores practical interventions targeting each challenge and provides policy-making frameworks.