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Turenscape, one of four finalists to compete in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.
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- TURENSCAPE T UR E NS CA PE B E I JI NG , CHI NA BEIJING, CHINA TIANJIN QIAOYUAN Palettes PARK The Adaptation Through regenerative design and by changing the landform, the natural processes of plant adaptation and community evolution are introduced to transform a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park. The park provides diverse natural services for the city, including containing and purifying stormwater, improving the saline-alkali soil, providing opportunities for environmental education, and creating a cherished aesthetic experience.
- T UR E NS CA PE TIANJIN QIAOYUAN PARK B E I JI NG , CHI NA Tianjin, China This is a park of 54 acres in the northern coastal city Turenscape with the difficult task of an immediate Design Strategy of Tianjin, China. Rapid urbanization had changed a transformation of this degraded site.The overall The regional landscape is flat and was once rich in peripheral shooting range into a garbage dump and design goal for this project was to create a wetlands and salt marshes, which had been mostly drainage sink for urban stormwater; the site was park that could provide a diversity of natural destroyed by decades of urban development and heavily polluted, littered, deserted, and surrounded services for the city and the surrounding urban infrastructure construction. with slums and temporary rickety structures residents, including containing and purifying that had been torn down before the design was urban storm water, improving the saline-alkali soil Inspired by the adaptive vegetation communities commissioned. Densely populated at the south and through natural processes, and recovering the that dotted the landscape in this region, the solution east boundaries, the site is bounded on the west regional landscape with low maintenance native for this park was called the Adaptation Palettes. A and north sides by a highway and an overpass. vegetation. The park also provides opportunities for simple landscape regenerative design strategy was environmental education about native landscapes devised, one that included digging 21 pond cavities Challenges and natural systems, storm water management, soil varying from 33 to 132 feet in diameter, and from 3 In early 2006, in response to residents call improvement, and landscape sustainability. to 16 feet in depth. The garbage was handled in the for environmental improvement of the site, earthwork. Some cavities are below ground level the municipal government of Tianjin engaged and some above on mounds.
- T UR E NS CA PE TIANJIN QIAOYUAN PARK B E I JI NG , CHI NA Tianjin, China During the rainy season, due to the shallow and other native species were allowed to grow groundwater, some cavities turn into water ponds, wherever suitable. Through the seasons evolution, some into wetlands, some into seasonal pools, and patches of unique vegetation establish in some stay as dry cavities. Through the seasons correspondence to the individual wet or dry cavities, rain wash and filtration, the saline-alkali content of and various pH values. the soil in the dry cavities improves, while nutrients deposit in the deeper ponds that catch stormwater Within some of the cavities are wood platforms runoff. that allow visitors to sit right in the middle of the vegetation patches. A network of red-colored Diverse habitats were created and the natural asphalt was designed to weave through the process of plant adaptation and community palettes. Along the paths is an environmental evolution were initiated. Seeds of mixed plant interpretation system that gives descriptions of species were sowed initially to start the vegetation, natural patterns, processes, and native species.
- T UR E NS CA PE TIANJIN QIAOYUAN PARK B E I JI NG , CHI NA Tianjin, China Conclusion The park achieved its goals in just two years. Stormwater is retained in the water cavities, allowing diverse water-sensitive communities to evolve. Seasonal changes in plant species occur and integrate with the beauty of the messy native landscape, attracting thousands of visitors every day. In the first two months of its opening, from October to November of 2008, about 200,000 people visited the park. It is a successful park which changes throughout the year and is constantly visited by the community. This project helps to define the new aesthetics of landscape today, defined by a continuous evolving process. Untidy forms, unplanned biodiversity, and natures messiness expose a genuine beauty that enriches the landscape. The ecology-driven adaptation palettes have become a valuable and remarkable site for the community of Tianjin.