Sasaki wins Suzhou Creek International Design Competition

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Sasaki recently won the international competition to redesign Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China. Suzhou Creek was historically one of Shanghai’s most vital water routes, but in recent decades suffered from pollution and neglect. With a grant from the Asian Development Bank, the waterway is now clean and ready to reclaim its role as a centerpiece of the city.

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The Sasaki scheme envisions reclaiming Suzhou Creek for public use, adding new mixed-use development and strengthening connections to nearby destinations such as Shanghai’s central train station and the M50 Arts District.

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“The ideas we developed for Suzhou Creek speak to the incredible power of Sasaki’s collaborative, global practice. Our urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and ecologists worked together across our offices on two continents to create a world-class approach that unifies miles of complexity along the creek” said Sasaki Principal Michael Grove, ASLA.

Tao Zhang, RLA, LEED AP, the project’s lead landscape architect, added, “We looked beyond what was given and investigated more than expected, because we knew that great discoveries were not contained by the project boundary. The result is a bold yet plausible vision that integrates diverse social and ecological functionality with a balanced spatial composition.”

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Image Credit | Sasaki Associates


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