The main purpose for the competition is creating a suitable slow traffic system and the improvement of several tourists areas. Existing ecological areas and new towns will be connected to this traffic system. The goal is to create an integrated design where ecology, tourism and landscape improvement is combined.
The Design Plan and the Area
For several days we visited the site to get a good idea of the qualities and problems of this area. During this inventory we noticed that the landscape types in Chongming are various and with ecological value. During many years the largest alluvial island in the world has grown and people used this land for agriculture. The diverse patterns of the landscape and dikes show the history and development of the island. In our design we want to enrich these existing patterns by creating and adding new wetland areas, forest areas and park areas for visitors, based on the existing situation. This results in more interesting landscapes, so the tourists will have many opportunities for activities and nature experiences.
All the visitors have to have easy access to these existing and new parks and landscapes. In the existing situation we noticed that the dike is a beautiful linear road, but it also has some connection problems. There are almost no physical and visual connections from the dike to the landscape inside the island and the natural wetland along the sea. In our design strategy we use the top of the dike for bikes and golf cars. On the seaside area of the dike we create a new slow traffic path for walking. By creating separate path systems related to the speed of the visitors, we ensure safe and comfortable areas for the visitors. Because the area is very big, the car is an important transport system for visiting most of the interesting areas.
We added a new type of road in our design, the landscape road. The landscape road is a separate car road, where only tourists will drive. It is designed to show the users the variety of the landscapes. Attached to this landscape area are many transfer hubs, where people can park their car and move on by rental bikes, golf cars, boats or walk.
Next to the existing highlights on the island like Dongtan wetland we created eight new ones. Four of these highlights are connected to existing towns and new towns. We improved the connections between the towns with the surrounding landscapes, the dike and the sea.
The other highlights are park areas, like the rice field land art area, the new wetland recreation area, the water forest area and the new industry park. The new industry park is a former industry park with old cranes and industrial elements which will be transformed into a cultural area where large scale events can take place. Thus it will be a base for a family park and a youth activity park.