Using the river to boost urban quality
Buji River Regeneration Masterplan
Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: People’s Government of Luohu District, Shenzhen
Program: 560ha, urban regeneration along 6km river
The MLA+ team is working on the transformation of Shenzhen’s oldest district Luohu since 2010 – so we were delighted to be invited for the international urban design ideas competition for Luohu’s next leap forward. This project follows the alignment of Buji River, but it is much more than a river restauration project. Luohu government is using strategic investment into transport and open space networks to boost the district’s urban quality. What can this district offer in the fierce competition for talent and investment amongst the top global cities?
Our proposal “Luohu Re-spring” brings water related planning together with transformation strategies. The project site along the final 13.5km of Buji River is considered more holistically as a watershed, with framework strategies covering water, blue + green, programmatic as well as character strategies. The big scale thinking is deepened in three core areas of riverside plots to an urban design depth, before an implementation plan gives clear advice on pragmatic steps towards realizing this complex task.
As top 3 finalists, our proposal will become part of the formal revision of Luohu’s development strategy.
2018 International Urban Design Competition
MLA+: Emanuel Dad Khan, Hanyang Yu, Ildar Biganiakov, Ivana Damjanovic, Kexin Huang, Martin Probst, Olaf Gerson, Ruizhi Cao, Ruojing Wu, Wenchi Yang
GZUPI, Felixx Landscape Architects, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Mo (multimedia)