Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
SWA Group, Hui-Li Lee
Client: Huaqiao Economical Development Zone Programme Building Bureau
Kunshan City is known historically as the birthplace of traditional opera, and for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta. In the past few decades, due to its proximity to Shanghai, the city has experienced unprecedented population and business growth, which has resulted in environmental degradation and the need for the city to remake its identity.
This project achieves synergy between development and environmental conservation, balancing these two values in a rapidly changing setting. To achieve this goal, the design team proposed an integrated approach of hydrological design and land planning, where a water treatment system becomes the central organizing structure of the site, upon which development is placed. The vision is to set up an exemplary model for responsible development, provide habitat for flora and fauna, and reconnect and nurture the relationship between people and water.