The municipality of Shanghai has initiated a large scale process of reconstruction of 21 km of the east bank of the Huangpu River. Situated in the heart of the metropolis, this project aims to create a new way of life on the currently unoccupied or strongly industrialized river banks, giving high visibility and a strong identity to this metropolitan space by encouraging varied and permanent uses along its entire length. The project redefines the space of the bank to create a living interface between neighborhoods and the river, a new width articulating soft transport, ecology, public spaces, activities and economy. A triptych of linear spaces (discovery path, main path and sports path), organize the different flows and types of usage, in continuity on the 21km of river banks. Each of these paths comes with thematic facilities to animate the bank, creating new activities on the river’s edge. The bank becomes an urban setting for everyday activity and nightlife, as well as a space for big local and national events.

The Main Path is the principal artery of this project. A comfortable and attractive pedestrian promenade, it offers a range of temporary or permanent animations and services such as street-food, playgrounds, and activity lawns… The Sports Path caters mainly to cyclists, joggers and fans of new urban sports. Fixed and mobile activities extend along its length (fitness training support, Ping-Pong tables, sports fields…) The Discovery Path invites the discovery of the richness of the river bank and it’s natural, cultural and architectural heritage. Careful profiling of space offers privileged views of the river and the metropolitan landscape. Natural spaces will be created as interpretive media to highlight biodiversity and the protection of fauna and flora.

To maintain a high level of landscape quality throughout the 21 km, the design of these spaces will be guided by the specificities of each site as well as by a system of urban terraces opening onto the river and its skyline. An evident continuity will be materialized by building canal  bridges, footbridges and by creating a ‘milestone’ landmark to signal each kilometer – the ‘Totems’ , which create a connected public space for the metropolis by building a system of mobile device applications into each milestone. These twenty-one iconic architectures propose activities such as, tourist information, belvedere, restaurants, etc., and rhythm the promenade every kilometer, assuring the continuity and the singularity of this metropolitan public space.

The project will reinforce the presence of nature by giving space and visibility to the natural dynamics of the river.  The creation of urban hubs on the existing ferry stations will favor accessibility to the river bank, by articulating urban public transport and river links (creation of new harbors, cable cabin transport, connections to tramway and metro)..

This project gives the opportunity to open the landscape of Shanghai onto its river by encouraging varied and vibrant urban life on the banks. Shanghai will find here a waterline, reflection of its symbolic skyline, and a new public space expressing local culture as well as contemporary international lifestyles.

  • Program / Project: SHANGHAI / Pudong left bank
  • Client: Shanghai East Bund Investment Group Co., Ltd.
  • Project management: Agence Ter Landscape Urbanists (lead consultant), JFA Architectes, SCS, AND, Concepto
  • Area: 350 ha
  • Date: 2016 - 2019
  • Location: Shanghai, China

SHANGHAI / Pudong left bank