Kongjian Yu of Turenscape took a slum and a garbage dump and turned it into this:
(photo found here.)
If they could do that, then certainly we think of something respectable for an abandoned field (that is already 90% of the way there) in the Mile-End, n’est-ce pas?!
I love it, what a great design.
Instead of simply laying grass and putting up street lights and benches (like most cities in Canada would do in a similar situation), the public authorities and the design crew in this Chinese example have opted for something that prioritizes biodiversity and nature, as well as world-class design.
Any close critique of the details — from the plants chosen to the benches designed — will show you how seriously those responsible for this project approached their task.
They have achieved something here that is every bit as successful as the High Line in New York — in terms of public space. And to give them credit, the High Line was probably better before the re-design than it is now …
…whereas it is clear that this Chinese re-design is a complete success, and one that started from an utter failure.
In terms of biodiversity, this project clearly beats out the High Line, but there is no real reason to compare the two on this measure since the circumstances are so different. Regardless, very impressive.
Kudos. This says it all:
via: American Society of Landscape Architects