Urban Forest

Site: Shanghai, China

Status: Conceptual Design

Program: Landscape|Urbanism

Client: Aidong Zhang Architect

The Urban Forest project is part of the growing phenomenon of infrastructure and development in suburban areas outside of Shanghai, China, where large zones of land are quickly turned over in speculative housing and retail. The project maintains the natural ground plane as much as possible by building areas that sit on an infrastructure platform 2 to 4 stories high with housing and office blocks interfacing with the base. The parking and multiple retail and business layers allow for the uninterrupted continuation of the urban fabric into the spatial organizations. The floors, slabs and other building features can also be considered as an extension and continuity of the landscape. The Urban Forest spreads horizontally and vertically to create a more planted urbanism with dependent spatial organizations.