As an extension of the Ningbo East New Town Government Center, this civic plaza extends the geometry and ecology of SWA’s past work in the city. A central civic axis runs from the government buildings to the Dongqian Lake edge, providing a large, flexible gathering/event space adjacent to an expansive lawn as well as sweeping views of the water. Per city planning guidelines, the lake required a hard edge to the west of the main axis. This takes the form of a wide terraced stair that establishes spaces for viewing and relaxation, while also acting as a geometric and spatial extension of the Planning Museum and its associated outdoor spaces.
Just to the west of the main lawn, a formal tree bosque occupies a partially sunken garden, lined with terraced seating and surfaced in decomposed granite. The easternmost part of the lake edge traces an organic irregular shape surrounded by lush and varied aquatic plantings, blending seamlessly into the eco-corridor site to the east. A secluded cluster of islands provides wildlife habitat, incorporating birdwatching blinds along a wooden boardwalk. Taken in total, the design creates a unique landscape experience to serve as a driving principle for the city’s ongoing development.
San Jacinto Plaza
SWA’s redesign of San Jacinto Plaza, a historic gathering place in El Paso’s downtown business district provides a state-of-the-art urban open space, while protecting and celebrating the history and culture of the site. The project was the result of an intensive community process involving input from a wide range of constituents. Active programming, environmen...
South Waterfront Greenway
A bold new plan for the area along the Willamette River includes a 1-1/2 mile extension of the City’s downtown’s parks and the reclamation of the river’s edge for public recreation. Working closely with the City of Portland, developers, and natural resource advocates, the design team devised a rational plan that places access and activity in targeted nodes wit...
Sanshan Hillside Park
Sanshan New Town, a fast-rising urban development in Foshan City’s Nanhai District, is full of hope and vitality. In the New Town’s center lies Sanshan Hillside Park, composed of three hills known respectively as Big Pine Forest, Central Hill, and Liangangwei Hill. This area is envisioned to become an “urban forest” park with diverse programs and distinctive f...
Part of the larger Shore Parkway, an 816.1-acre collection of parks that stretches across Brooklyn and Queens, Homecrest Playground originally opened in 1942 with a baseball field, basketball courts, handball courts, and benches for community use. This park redesign focuses on providing different playground and recreation amenities for surrounding residents.