Landscape architecture firm Turenscape completed an award-winning regenerative wetland park to help detox China’s increasingly polluted landscape. Located in the city of Liupanshui in China’s western Guizhou province, the Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park received a 2014 ASLA Honor Award for its impressive multipurpose and ecological design. Once a post-industrial landscape, the transformed site now provides much-needed recreational space, habitat for flora and fauna, and also uses bioremediation and other natural means to purify the water and manage stormwater runoff.
The Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was developed as part of a citywide campaign to improve the urban environment through ecological infrastructure. Turenscape’s design sought to improve water quality, provide stormwater retention, recover the channelized River Shuicheng, and create public green space for the densely populated city. The 222-acre project thus removed the concrete river embankment to make way for the restoration of the natural riverbank and waterways, which were integrated into a stormwater management and ecological purification system.
Characteristic of Turenscape’s style, the wetland park features sinuous, ribbon-like terraces that break up the landscape into wetland pockets and retention ponds. These terraced areas help slow peak water flow, regulate seasonal rainwater, and encourage native vegetation and microorganism growth, which help remove pollutants and nutrients from the water. Pedestrian pathways and bicycle routes sweep through the landscape to maintain access to the waterfront. Interpretative signage educates visitors about the landscape’s regenerative and cultural significance.
Images via Turenscape