Transformation and Memory

Two strategic landscape design approaches for the periphery of cities illustrate how productive landscapes can inform future city parks, anchoring the future in the legacy of the past and providing restorative environments, beneficial for urban ecologies and highly embraced by the new urbanites.

On the contrary, the periphery, as the part of the city where the urban fabric meets the countryside, has a high potential of consolidating China’s rural past with its emerging urban future, by creating places of significance where the vernacular landscape patterns can inform the urban fabric and help create new living environments of meaning and distinction.

The noted Chinese landscape firm Turenscape has been a key player in promoting urban ecologies in China over the past decades, creating prototypes for inner-city rejuvenation as well as suburban ecologies. The following two projects stand exemplary of Turenscape’s approach to landscape design. Both parks not only succeed in delivering highly popular new urban leisure destinations, but at the same time illustrate a model design strategy for the transition from productive landscape at the urban fringe towards sustainable inner-city park. They offer environments composed of layers of the past as well as the present, nurturing the synergy of both experiences and providing a rich journey to the parks’ visitors. (…)

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