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Welcome to People's Park, literally the center of Shanghai! We'll look at both People's Park and People's Square, north and south of Renmin Ave. (People's Ave.) respectively.
By Lorena Toffer, AIA – Associate, AIA National Young Architect Award Recipient
In October of last year, I was invited to give a lecture as part of the inaugural ARQ Fest – International Architecture Festival in Guadalajara Mexico.
Welcome to Jing'an Sculpture Park! A haven of 110 acres located just north of Beijing Road. Above you can see both the bright red of Belgian artist Arne Quinze's "Red Beacon" tree like structure and the as of yet unopened new Natural History Museum.
Fuxing Park is right in the middle of the French Concession area (locally known as Luwan). It is 10 hectares in size and was originally a private garden during the Ming Dynasty. After the Opium War, the French took it over and provided the typically French garden style with a lake and fountains and opened it to the French public on July 14, 1909. After the French, the Japanese renamed it Daxing Park, but in the middle of the 20th century the Chinese renamed it Fuxing Park.
Chapter 3 - Views from AboveSome of the most memorable experiences on my journey have been from above the cities I have visited.
Lu Xun Park is one of Shanghai's older parks. It's history began back in 1896 when it's 39.1 acres was acquired and developed as a shooting field for international commercial groups. Designed by a British garden designer, it was named Hongkou Amusement Park. In 1905 it was redeveloped, rebilled, and reopened as Hougkou Sports Game Park and Shooting Field. In 1922 that mouthful was shortened to Hongkou Park. In 1956 it was renamed Lu Xun Park after his tomb was moved here on the 20th anniversary of his death. But more about him in a minute. The park can be conveniently accessed at the Hongkou Football Stadium subway stop where lines 3 and 8 intersect.
Changshou Park was opened in 2001. Located in the Putuo district it is just north of the apartment. The southern border of the park is on Changshou Road, a very busy street. Located between Xikang Road and Shaanxi North Road, the park is just one block from the #7 subway line.
By Dan Flower, Associate, HKS London
I’ve departed London for Uganda with our project partner, Engineers For Overseas Development’s Carmarthenshire group from Southwest Wales, to begin work on Citizen HKS’ first project – a new maternity ward in Kachumbala, Uganda. I’ll be with the EFOD team on site for two weeks where we’ll be presenting, tweaking and gaining approval for the maternity ward design from local leadership and the Bukeda District Council. Following a ground breaking ceremony and additional site set-up, we’re recruiting and training Kachumbala locals and, working together, we will dig the foundation, lay drainage and cast up to the slab.
Ni hao! As many of my previous HKS Xchange visitors to Shanghai have so aptly described the sites and sounds of this city, I wanted to explore a relatively new part of the Shanghai landscape, its parks. Being an avid walker I've been able to wander through many of these wonderful spaces and wanted to share some of what I've seen and learned.