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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2020, Vol. 8 Issue (3) : 130-145     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-1-040016
THEMATIC PRACTICES
FORGED BY FLOODS:WUHAN YANGTZE RIVERFRONT PARK
Michael GROVE1, Tao ZHANG2()
1. PLA, ASLA; Principal and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Ecology, Sasaki
2. PLA, ASLA, LEED-AP ND, SITES AP; Principal and Chair of Design Culture, Sasaki
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Abstract

The evolution of the Yangtze Riverfront Park in Wuhan, China highlights what many waterfront cities around the world are facing with respect to converging forces of urbanism, growth, resiliency, and ecological degradation. This site emphasizes why the public realm is a critical component in addressing all of these often-conflicting issues.

By re-envisioning the 16-kilometer-longriverfront landscape, Wuhan is creating a new paradigm for its parks by embracing flooding as a regular occurrence and a driving force in the shaping of its public realm. This strategy of working with Nature and not against it allows visitors to understand and appreciate the river’s complex dynamics. The proposed development of the Yangtze Riverfront Park aims to harness the power of natural processes to nurture a rich regional ecology, improve ecosystem services, and enhance public health and recreational amenities.

Informed by an extensive public engagement process and crowdsourced data, the redesign of the park reinforces Wuhan’s cultural identity by preserving decommissioned industrial infrastructure and other artifacts along the river that symbolize the city’s industrial legacy and urban history. The vision for an updated Yangtze Riverfront Park strives to create a socially inclusive, culturally relevant, and ecologically meaningful waterfront that emphasizes Wuhan’s identity of living authentically with an everchanging river.

Keywords Waterfront      Resilience      Adaptive Reuse      Ecology      Urban Flooding      Outreach and Engagement     
Corresponding Author(s): Tao ZHANG   
Issue Date: 18 August 2020
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Michael GROVE,Tao ZHANG. FORGED BY FLOODS:WUHAN YANGTZE RIVERFRONT PARK[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2020, 8(3): 130-145.
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