From a dense urban development with a devastated coastal eco-system to a resilient, ecologically sensitive city.
The masterplan for the Jiangdong New District in the Chinese tropical island of Hainan restores the coastal water network and preserves a particularly sensitive gem, China’s largest mangrove forest.
Decades of large-scale, often unplanned urban development and agricultural activities have degraded beaches, coastal wetlands and riverfront areas across the island’s capital city, Haikou. Pollution, seasonal flooding and vanishing biodiversity are all challenges for this expanding city facing sea-level rise
As the island shifts to free trade zone status, the government appointed Hassell and UPDIS as the winners of a national level design competition to envision the masterplan for Jiangdong – a sustainable, flexible and organic new town with water at its heart – and an exemplar for the island.
Our masterplan reconnects Jiangdong’s waterways into five major water corridors, bringing wetlands into the city and managing urban flood discharge from the city to the farmland and into restored coastal lagoons.
These corridors will become waterfront destinations, with a coastal wetland park and an eco-village to actively conserve and restore wildlife habitats and accessible tourism areas beyond the sensitive mangrove reserve.