Red Ribbon Park, Qinhuangdao City, China - designed by Turenscape, Landscape Architects.
The 500 metre long structure made from wood and coloured fiber steel winds through the riparian zone of the Tanghe River. It incorporates a boardwalk, lighting, seating and environmental interpretation, as well as animal crossing points.
This project demonstrates great use of hard landscaping materials to preserve an ecologically sensitive area whilst enabling access and enjoyment to an ever expanding local population. The area has been transformed and rescued from the twin pitfalls of rapid urbanisation: neglect and misuse of ecologically important areas (often as dumping grounds), on the one hand and overzealous, unsympathetic redevelopment on the other. This must be an incredibly hard trick to pull-off, but it seems this elegant design has done it.
I don’t know much about the background to this project, but in the back of my mind there are niggling questions of displacement and homelessness that I feel always need to be asked when a large suburban area becomes the subject of gentrification and development.