west 8: guangzhou huadi sustainable masterplan
feb 26, 2013
west 8: guangzhou huadi sustainable masterplan


‘guangzhou huadi sustainable masterplan’ by west 8, fangcun huadi,guangzhou, china
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west 8‘s winning entry for the ‘guangzhou huadi masterplan’ capitalizes on the southern chinese history of horticultural fecundity to provide the city
with a restorative and sustainable trajectory. as the delta land rapidly industrialized, land use scaled back the natural ecosystem of wetlands and
created a scattered and severely polluted urban landscape. the proposal aims to create a balance between continuing urban development and
zoned hydrology by rescaling land use and introducing ‘ecological cleaning machines’ along the canton axis, the historical gridline between guagzhou
and fushan cities. the tiered system includes a primary water collector, helped by a secondary mechanism with connectors and locks and a tertiary
network of canals. specific divisions between urban areas and horticultural lands are aimed at creating a more robust structure while preserving the
major existing infrastructure. a central park will be bolstered by pockets of greenery and courtyards; a riverside bicycle lane will be implemented to
encourage environmentally low-impact transportation. known as ‘flower city’ the main metropolitan park is set to host the ‘guangzhou international flora expo’,
an urban fair event yielding a flower show, a large greenhouse, and and architectural village comprised of both restored historical buildings and new
hospitality development. this city within a city would also alleviate the displacement of resettled inhabitants from nearby villages into
‘green open city block structures.’

 

the masterplan posits that the area can be a world-class place of technological horticultural development, while creating an atmosphere that respects the
makeup and movement of lingnan culture, itself distinct in its painting style, food, greenery and above all, a thousand-year fondness of botanic culture.

 

 

 

a riverside park will work in conjunction with a bike path
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ample walkways, canals and greenhouses restructure the urban layout
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tree-lined boulevards provide shade and character

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roads accomodate a variety of circulation and work alongside the horticultural industry
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a view of the ‘flower palace’ the main component of  the ‘flower city’ and expo  

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the small city of canals will accommodate restored historical buildings

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pathways in the expo center will include canals guided by overhanging pergolas
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central to plan is ‘huadi city’ an urban flower fair during phase one and a architectural village and park thereafter
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fields of flowers on the fairgrounds and central park pay homage to the region’s botanical culture

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the romance garden is the first within a series organized around a circular track on ‘huadi island’

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interior views of the secret garden
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the flower village is served well by historical districts and new public transport

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‘huadi island’ and the newly zoned city at night

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zoning plan
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site plan
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site strategy

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canton axis and land division diagram

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site diagram of ecological cleaning structures

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restructured waterway diagram

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project info:

 

location: fangcun huadi, guangzhou, china
client: urban planning bureau of guangzhou municipality
design: 2012
size: total area: 2050 ha. (20.5 km2), whereas core urban district: 520 ha.
date: nov 2012 – jan 2013
design team west 8:  adriaan geuze, edzo bindels, christoph elsasser, marco van der pluym, tanyi huang, hernando arrazola, yu-han chiu,
winnie poon, attilio ranieri, jan breukelman, igor saitov, bas wegdam

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