ENERGY GLOBE
China

WINNER:
Kongjian Yu

With the Project:
Meishe River Greenway and Fengxiang Park, Haikou,China

The presented project includes the Meishe River corridor that runs through a densely built area, Fengxiang Park on the river corridor, the lower reach of Wuyuan River and is part of a commissioned grey-into-green project. The aim was flood control using alternatives to concrete that turns the waterway lifeless and lacks ecological resiliency. The landscape architect was commissioned to lead the mission of recovering the mother river and other waterways.

INITIAL SITUATION

Haikou is a tourist city and in the past four decades, the city has experienced a frenzied ten-times growth in population. Compared to the sprouting skyscrapers, little attention was paid to the natural water system and the urban water infrastructure which are critical for a city in a monsoon climate. The Meishe River water ways in particular which runs through the built-up area had become a nightmare for the city and for decades, a sewage dump. The single-minded counter flooding control walls made of concrete had turned the river into a lifeless channel that people turned their backs on.

SOLUTION

The concrete flood walls were removed and replaced with eco-friendly and flood resilient waterways. The mangrove habitats were rehabilitated, constructed wetlands were built along the river to catch and cleanse contaminated run offs, and recreational facilities were integrated into the ecological infrastructure. The nature-based solutions showcased in this project are executed inexpensively and at an extensive scale.

INNOVATION

The concrete flood walls were removed and replaced with eco-friendly and flood resilient waterways. The mangrove habitats were rehabilitated, constructed wetlands were built along the river to catch and cleanse contaminated run offs, and recreational facilities were integrated into the ecological infrastructure. The nature-based solutions showcased in this project are executed inexpensively and at an extensive scale.

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