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URBAN PLAN & DESIGN PUBLIC SPACE “BUIZENGAT-OOST”

The revitalization of a former industrial zone takes shape in a new residential area, where the motto is ‘Living in a park atmosphere’. The existing ‘Oranjepark’ flows naturally into the new urban plan, where most of the parking space is placed underground. The dwellings are elevated onto mounds, clearly separating public and private space. Historical elements like a water tower and a former firehouse, as well as a reference to a former estate, solidify the cultural heritage of the location. A significant building is the apartment complex situated along the inner harbor that ‘Buizengat’ is named after.

 

 

Delft Residential Community Plan

In the style of the garden city, this former industrial plot of 5 ha has been redeveloped into a high quality mixed residential area with 200 single family houses and apartments. The transformed area is located close to the historical heart of Delft.

Starting point of the design was to create ground based houses at relatively high density (40 dwellings/ acre). The design enhances the spatial and historic context to create an attractive neighborhood with high living quality. The built parking solutions were required to keep the heart of the area car free.

Canals were added to meet the requirements for extra water surface. The channel system mitigates the flooding risk due to heavy rains. This presented the opportunity to introduce new qualities in public space, as well as new ecological zones.

 

 

 

 

China Food Valley Master Plan

China Food Valley is the center of innovation for agricultural food products carrying the ‘China Food Valley’ certification. These products are in high demand with consumers worldwide for their high quality and trusted residue-free nature. The campus area, designed 30 years ago, is now a popular location for world-class companies, many of them originally Chinese, now operating on an international level. China Food Valley is at the core of a network of agro-parks, providing the bulk of China Food Valley’s products. The master plan proposes the development clusters that are sustainable, CO2 neutral, and resource efficient through innovative reuse of materials.

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.

Qunke Yellow River Park Landscape Design

The Project is located in Qunke new district, with Yellow River running past the south side. The total design area is 17.2ha, and initial design for the key ‘Central Valley’ is 7.3 ha. The Design respects the existing site features and reflects the local culture. By emphasizing the fluid shape of the ground, the design provides landscape diversity. The Project will showcase the unique quality of the local identity by providing a venue for events involving the local culture and handcrafts. By creating dynamic outdoor environment and recreational programs, The Project also creates an attractive tourism brand for the QunKe district. Based on the characteristics of the site, there are three distinct valleys; ‘Harvesting valley’, ‘Central valley’ and ‘Recreational valley’. A continuous riverfront boulevard with splendid views links the valleys together.

Qunke Welcome Square is a core feature of Qunke riverfront landscape.

The design reflects the region’s land typologies of plateau, terrace, valley, slope and the Yellow River waterfront. The Plan locates public space and facilities with respect to the original topography and earth balance. The design also integrates with local cultural elements such as the Hui minority folks, Hualong Lamian industry and Yellow River culture. The design highlights include the Hualong water square, Yellow River square, almond tree square, and a waterfront playground.

 

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.

GREATER HELSINKI VISION 2050

This design competition involved designing a framework for the sustainable development of the metropolitan region of Helsinki and its 15 neighboring municipalities. The development target is 2050. The aim is to establish a first class living and leisure environment to stimulate  the local economy.

With its vast open landscape and the project’s goal to grow to two million people, Greater Helsinki has the potential to develop into an attractive, competitive and sustainable metropolitan region. THIRDLIFE is a leap forward towards this metropolitan development. By entering this stage in its development, Greater Helsinki will establish its position as the economic generator of Finland and become a player in the global network of metropolises. The challenge for the region is to combine urban growth with the preservation of landscape and nature. The coastline, which is the most powerful characteristic of the region, forms the basis for the emergence of a sea metropolis, offering the most desirable and authentic Finnish living conditions.

REGIONAL VISION “THE GATEWAYS TO MIDDEN-DELFLAND”

Midden-Delfland is the largest open agricultural landscape in the metropolitan area of Rotterdam. Surrounded by seven cities, the area is becoming increasingly popular and serves as a recreational resource for the one million people living in the proximities. The recreational connections between the cities and the site need to be improved and could offer new opportunities for the development of local tourism. The project ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’ improves these connections.

Commissioned by the local municipality and several local associations, NL Urban Solutions organized an interactive process to translate the regional vision for the Midden-Delfland area into a program called ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’. During several workshop sessions, a symposium and an exposition, these Gateways have been fleshed out into innovative-recreational gateways between the cities and the landscape. Local entrepreneurs are invited to develop a business model supporting the gateways.

 

 

MASTERPLAN RECREATIONAL LAKE “CATTENBROEK”

The Cattenbroekerplas, originally dug as a source of sand for the creation of the nearby highway A12, is currently used for recreation. The development of a new neighborhood in the proximities justifies the improvement of the spatial qualities of the lake, like creating a new beach area and introducing recreational facilities. The design consists of an embankment that acts as a buffer against the negative influences of the nearby highway, a building to house the recreational facilities with a terrace towards the water, a beach site with a lawn, an event area and the necessary car and bicycle parking facilities on the southern bank of the lake. The eastern bank is transformed into an ecological zone of water and reed land.

Duoba Central Park Landscape Design

The Central Park is the first phase, pioneering project for the Duoba River Park projects. Located in the junction area of the Huangshui River and the Xinachuan River in the new town center, it is the central city park in Duoba. Concentrating on ‘Nature, Culture, People’, the design will serve as a ‘living room’ for the city of Duoba. While expressing the genius loci, the site is arranged considering its existing natural character, surrounding land use and future programs.

As the central park for the administration and commercial district, the Project will provide suitable park space for urban events and intensive use. At the neighborhood level, various playground and natural leisure spaces will serve residents of multiple generations.

In addition to the Huangshui River, Xinachuan River, and the existing channels, several proposed lakes and wetlands act as main attractions. The organic path form connects the park and surrounding neighborhoods with diverse service facilities, such as a square, tourism center, riverfront boulevard, garden, and a wetland. Together with vivid urban atmosphere, the central park will be a harmonious public site and stimulate for urban and environmental quality.