Parks and green spaces seem to be the last consensus tool for urban good, the recipients of most anxieties of urban life, City Beautiful with a sustainable spin. But have parks been anything more than an alibi for further urbanization? Can they overcome this suspicion, or should they just work with it, without the need for romantic fabrication?
The greatest strength of Chinese traditional architecture (almost indistinguishable from garden design) was its effort to blend into the surrounding landscape. While the western model of urban park design is walled off from the city around it, it seems logical for Taichung Gateway Park to blend intensely with the city, in a beautiful and appropriate reversal of their old roles
Streets extend through the park, making it an extension of the vibrant Asian city life
These street extensions become the seeds of later use and structure for the park, which will grow from them
Main design strategies were: integration with city; keeping the old runway; reorganizing plantation strategy so that city is revealed, not blocked; flood areas to become programmed spaces for daily use; structuring elements do not block ground level space when possible; and the promotion of aerated shadows
The museum that the city proposes at the center of the park is too large to be sited in a conventional way. We proposed it becomes elevated at least partially, creating an animated area in the shade and protected from torrential rain
The park extends from the circulations and from smaller, seeding ecosystems, like the flower and butterflies one, research gardens, small rainforest…
…and the wetlands, which is organized around a congress building in the shape of a crater. The inside slopes act as stalls for water shows for compatible shows