2015 Awards

Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces

Honor Award

Ningbo Eco-Corridor Phase 1
Ningbo, China
SWA Group
Lead Landscape Architect: Hui-Li Lee
Client: Ningbo Planning Bureau–East New Town Development Committee

Recycled trunks provide perch for birds.
Boardwalk leading to bird blind framed by Ningbo City.
Stepping stone passage across rain garden, second spring after installation.
Stepping stone passage across garden, first winter after installation.
Waterfront riparian edge access for recreation and education.
Bridge invokes and celebrates industrial past and accommodates pedestrians and bicyclists.
Aquatic garden celebrating stormwater mitigation and biodiversity.
Elevated walkways allow urban runoff to be filtered without interruption.
Composing topography, hydrology, and vegetation: a linear living filter.
Ningbo Eco-Corridor: past, current and future.

The Eco-Corridor serves as the spine of Ningbo New City’s open space system, creating and connecting a variety of land uses. Extending 2 miles, the corridor merges seamlessly with the adjacent urban fabric and natural systems, creating a symbiotic relationship between the greenway and surrounding city.

Through an innovative and carefully composed tapestry of topography, hydrology and vegetation, the Ningbo Eco-Corridor transforms an uninhabitable brownfield into a linear “living filter.” By restoring the ecological network in this region, Phase 1 of the Ningbo Eco-Corridor creates vital habitat for native flora and fauna, enhances public health, creates beautiful and enjoyable public spaces for local and neighboring communities, and raises the bar for sustainable development in China and beyond.