A Riverside Masterplan in Shenzhen is Designed to Prevent Flooding

The new masterplan for the central Pailao River in Shenzhen proposes climate-proof regeneration. It uses nature and water retention eco zones to reduce the risk of flooding. The Pailao River Blueway Project was created by VenhoevenCS, an urban design and architecture firm. It features landscape vision by Hope Design, and a water management plan by Huadong Engineer. This project focuses on the coexistence between the urban environment and the natural environment. It will ensure resilience and enhance the economic growth in the city.

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Bao’an is vulnerable to flooding due to rapid urbanization in the subtropical area below sea level. VenhoevenCS designed the masterplan using UN Sustainable Development goals as a design agenda. It considered the entire district in relation to its surrounding network of rivers, neighbourhoods, and based the project on research into flooding-prone areas.

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Layered is our proposal for the Pailao River Blueway Project. While we have already provided the water storage needed, our integrated approach will ensure that the existing district is climate-proofed and encourage urban regeneration. – Ton Venhoeven and Yi Yu, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism

Climate adaptation refers to a collection of elements that organize water storage such as wetlands, parks, soft banks, green roofs and ponds. The mobility plan for the district is changing as asphalt and pavement are replaced by pockets of nature. However, it remains accessible. Wide, soft banks act as sponges during the rainy season and replace the concrete quays at the Pailao River. The existing car viaducts have been transformed into areas for socialization and cultural activities. The area will be transformed into a destination by the addition of services and retail in a series of pavilions that are raised on stilts to support different water levels.

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