With the rapid development of the society, the modern pace of life become more and more fast, most people tend to ignore the scenes along the way. Besides, those who cannot catch up with the pace become marginalized. In this project, the site at the intersection serves as an important traffic hub, however, it fails to satisfy the demands of local people –– there is no space for them to enjoy a quiet urban life. By revealing the nature context of the site, a vivid plaza is envisioned. Rainwater management, ecological system optimization is introduced, creating pure and sincere natural ambience. Therefore, the pace of life is adjusted, people become closer to both nature and city in this site.
The site is located in Yangpu district, Shanghai, China, lays at the intersection of Kongjiang Rd and Jiangpu Rd. A new metro line will pass through this emerging area, also, new shopping mall is planned to satisfy the demands of local people. The planning area is about 2 hectare, after studying the site, we propose that 8600m2 of it should be constructed into a city plaza. Unbalanced development is a common problem in most metropolises including Shanghai. Along the Kongjiang Rd, economic is highly developed. Architectural complex, large transportation systems enable this area to bond tightly with the rapidly developing city. However, many traditional residential districts cannot keep pace with that, and form another kind of urban texture in which a slow and traditional life style is predominating. As a result, these development belts actually become the gaps between different citizens.
To bridge the fast urban life and the slow community life, this project tries to influence both of them, integrating the two with natural landscape. Natural process happens here, it adapts to different user demands with varying paces. So, both local people and passersby will resonate with this area, either accelerate or slowdown, their paces of life would be adjusted and they are simply happier.
Stormwaters of the street enter the site through ditches under pedestrian walkways, flow down the slope into the lotus pond. During this progress, plants of the site will cleanse most of the water by blocking dust or removing some impurities. Then stormwaters can be used for landscape, and surplus water will be either saved in the water storage pond or just pumped out into the sewer. When the site is dry, the stored water can be used to fill the lotus pond. Man-made birds’ nests will be installed in the trees to attract birds. Those birds can live in the plaza and prey on insects in the site. Fresh air, shadow in the summer make local people feel relaxed in the site, also, residents will enjoy appreciating birds and listening to the birds’ tweets.
For the top-layer of landscape, man-made birds’ nests will be installed in the trees to attract birds. Those birds can live in the plaza and prey on insects in the site. Fresh air, shadow in the summer make local people feel relaxed in the site, also, residents will enjoy appreciating birds and listening to the birds’ tweets.
Stormwater can be purified by plants and also brings oxygen and minerals into the pond. Plants will grow very well due to abundant nutrition. Algae is the main food of fishes, and vegetation near the pond is the perfect habitat for many kinds of insects.
In the pond, goldfish is introduced. It is the traditional Chinese pet fish, brings a lot of joy to people. The rainwater brings the oxygen they need. Their feces deposit, which makes the soil full of nutrition.