JavaScript is off. Please enable it to view the full site.

Buji River

An urban watershed

The Buji River is running through Shenzhen’s oldest district, called Luohu. Over the course of time, the Buji River has transformed from a natural stream into a constrained urban drainage canal facing severe water quality challenges. Moreover the river has to cope with increasing climate extremes like prolonged periods of drought as well as extreme rainfall events.

The Luohu government is using strategic investments into transport and open space networks to boost the district’s urban quality. Strategies to improve the water quality and management are unified with the transformation of existing urban quarters and redevelopment of industrial plots. This offers an integrated roadmap towards a genuine shared identity for Luohu district.

felixx-bujiriver-scheme.jpg

To turn the river back into a driver of spatial quality, we propose a strategy that transforms Buji River as a constrained drainage canal into a functioning urban watershed. Being located in a dense urban fabric with high socioeconomic value, Buji River cannot be simply restored to its original state. Instead, a number of small scale interventions have to be applied to gradually increase its water quality, discharge its capacity but most of all increase its position as a high quality urban resource that radiates over the complete area.

felixx-bujiriver-map.jpg   

CURRENT

In the current water system wastewater and storm water are partly combined. Different types of pollution are directly drained to the Buji River: river water, surface drainage, sewage systems, industrial waste water and storm water.

SEPARATED SYSTEMS

To establish a healthy urban watershed, the different water systems are (temporarily) separated into 3 spatial structures: the Riverfront, the Riverbed and the River basin. The advantage of this approach is control. By operating the different water systems independently, a staged and tailored approach can be exploited to revitalize them. When up to standard, they can be merged into an integrated system.

INTEGRATED SYSTEM

When the waste water network is exploited to the fullest, the main pollution of the Buji River is gone, and all surface water systems can be reconnected into an integrated system.

slider

caopu-village.jpg honghu-park.jpg

renmin-park.jpg south-double-deck-riverpsd.jpg

Riverfront – sequence of rivers

The main challenge of the river is dealing with the large variability of water levels. The river gets a diversified sequence of sections, incorporating measures to deal with this variability in a way that responds to the surroundings.

felixx-bujiriver-scheme3.jpg felixx-bujiriver-scheme4.jpg

felixx-bujiriver-axo-4-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-axo-1-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-axo-2-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-axo-3-.jpg

Riverbed - second river

To make the river a driver for spatial quality, the water quality has to be improved. Therefore we introduce a second water system that separates rainwater from the current River in the Buji Basin. The new ´river´ is an interconnected network of diverse spaces, turning the area into 3 distinct zones/environments:

  • Small squares and parks are integrated to store and infiltrate water in the upper catchment area
  • Existing (and new) open landscapes in the middle section are connected, and turned into water retention and purification facilities
  • The river canal is widened and streets are turned into amphibious boulevards to drain the rainwater as fast as possible in the southern part

felixx-bujiriver-scheme5.jpg felixx-bujiriver-scheme6.jpg

felixx-bujiriver-park-3-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-park-4-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-park-2-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-park-1-.jpg

Riverbasin - Green-blue network

The infrastructure leading towards the Buji River is transformed into a green-blue network.

  • The upper catchment area integrates open and underground canals, increasing collection and (temporary) storage capacity
  • The central catchment area integrates wadi’s to delay water discharge to the river
  • The lower catchment area integrates amphibious streets to drain water as fast as possible to the river

felixx-bujiriver-greennetworks.jpg felixx-bujiriver-waternetworks.jpg

felixx-bujiriver-1-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-2-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-3-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-4-.jpg

The integrated landscape framework generates a diverse public realm. Different networks connect facilities and services. Within 30 minutes, a diversity of landscapes are accessible: mountains, rivers, lakes and gardens. These landscape are surrounded by clearly identified neighborhoods offering diverse urban environments. Within 15 minutes, you can shift from a highly dynamic environment on the new plaza, to a quiet and natural environment in the park. Both are loaded with associated programs. Within 5 minutes, a diversity of recreational, sports, commercial and private spaces is within reach. This allows for a generous environment to live and work in.

felixx-bujiriver-min5.jpg felixx-bujiriver-trafficschemes-1-.jpg

 felixx-bujiriver-min15.jpg felixx-bujiriver-trafficschemes-2-.jpg

felixx-bujiriver-min30.jpg  felixx-bujiriver-trafficschemes-3-.jpg

felixx-bujiriver-part-1-.jpg felixx-bujiriver-part-2-.jpg

Year

2018

Location

Shenzen, China

Type

Masterplan, Infrastructure

Client

People’s Government of Luohu District, Shenzhen

Size

560 ha

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Fangfei Liu
Zofia Krzykawska
Fanny Genti
Ilva Mishtaku
Klaudio Ruci
Mariya Protsyk
Steven Broekhof
Thiemo Tippmann
MLA+
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

List
  1. Cartesius Quarter
  2. Dietenbach Freiburg
  3. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  4. Public Space Alpen
  5. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  6. Jonas Amsterdam
  7. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  8. City Square Tyumen
  9. Dharavi Mumbai
  10. Bandar Lampung Park
  11. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  12. Strategic Urban Green Study
  13. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  14. Ódinstorg Square
  15. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  16. Ludlstrasse Munich
  17. Yaanila Country Park
  18. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  19. Villa Garden
  20. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  21. Socio-technical city of the future
  22. Buji River
  23. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  24. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  25. Maritime Campus Almere
  26. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  27. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  28. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  29. City Extension Plan Yangon
  30. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  31. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  32. Fish Market Leuven
  33. Zinder Culture Cluster
  34. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  35. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  36. Strategic Plan Fier
  37. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  38. Kronenburg Business Park
  39. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  40. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  41. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  42. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  43. Berlin Am Volkspark
  44. The Museum of the 20th Century
  45. Gardabaer
  46. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  47. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  48. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  49. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  50. Danxia Recreational Park
  51. University Campus San Pedro
  52. Proto Tamansari
  53. City Gardens Tyumen
  54. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  55. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  56. R&D Campus Fengxian
  57. S-West Eindhoven
  58. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  59. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
  60. Imagewharf
All projects Previous # 22 / 61 Next Back to top Show on the map 34856 views