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Earlier this month, through careful deliberation between jury comprising of original organizers, Tianjin Xiqing District People’s government and CBC (China Building Centre) as well as professionals in planning, architecture, tourist development and management, the finalists of the Tianjin’s Yangliuqing National Grand Canal Culture Park Master Competition were awarded to the proposals “Time Light Delta” by joint team between Japanese designer Kenya Hara with Liu Yichun, Chinese architect, and “Y-HARP” (Yangliuqing Historic Area Regeneration Plan) by Korean architect Seung H-Sang.
 
As an important node on the Grand Canal, the future of Yangliuqing is supposed to be the engine of the overall development of the Western Tianjin. The competition is intended as a new way to kick-start urban planning motions with the competition as a brainstorming platform for future possibilities.

Project Background
In 2019, the development plan of “The Great Wall, The Grand Canal and The Long March National Culture Parks” were approved, to encourage the protection, consideration and adaptive reuse of the Grand Canal’s cultural heritage. Yangliuqing Town, located along the Grand Canal, is a key nodal point for urban cultural development, well-known for its rich folk culture and art, it is most renowned for its Yangliuqing New Year Wood-block Prints, amongst the four major new year wood-block prints of China.

The “Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei on the Grand Canal - Yangliuqing National Grand Canal Cultural Park” Master Workshop and Master Competition were organized as an innovative approach to brainstorm and kick-start a new model for Cultural Parks throughout the nation. Tianjin University Professor, HUANG Jingtao was invited as the chief planner, while the director of CBC, PENG Lixiao was invited as chief curator.


The competition invited international master teams from various professions and a variety of cultures to envision a future of the revival of Yangliuqing, an ancient town with thousands of years of history. Cultural Center version 3.0 was to be implemented in Yuanbao Island, which is to take planning, operation and design into practice at the same time, becoming a key driving force in the overall development of Yangliuqing, Xiqing district and even the urban development of Tianjin City itself.
 
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Yangliuqing Town locates along the Grand Canal © NET


Based on the traditional culture of Yuanbao Island and Wenchang Pavilion, Master Competition invited five renown international master joint teams to participate, including Kenya HARA with LIU Yichun Joint Team, Seung H-Sang Joint Team, Martha Schwartz Joint Team, XIE Xiaoying with QI Xin Joint Team and WANG Xiangrong Joint Team. The master joint team is supported by specialists in landscape architecture + architecture + planning in a cross disciplinary collaboration, with comprehensive consideration for the spatial design, ecological construction and operational development of Yuanbao Island, to extend and explore the culture of the Grand Canal, and to create the National Grand Canal Culture Park with regional considerations, ultimately to create a carrier of cultural inheritance, a resort for cultural architecture, a platform for cultural exchange, a place for cultural consumption and a home for citizens to relax.

After six months of effort, five unique design proposals based on Yangliuqing’s rich history, culture and economical character were presented.

 


MASTER JOINT TEAM AND PROPOSAL


Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team

 

‘Creation of Precise Voids, Installation for Imagination’
 

Japanese master designer Kenya HARA and Chinese renowned architect Liu Yichun  collaborated on the proposal ‘Time Light Delta’. Through the fusion of nature and man-made structures, the proposal includes precise architecture that allows its visitors to experience traditional while creating memories for the future. Based on the idea of ‘Information Grand Canal’, a series of devices catered to photo interactions will create both “destination” and encourage connections to “social media”. The landscape design integrates land art with Yangliuqing’s cultural characteristics, transforms the entire island into a ‘photo park’ that encourages people to take a step closer to nature with the means of our current information age.
 

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©️ Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team

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©️ Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team

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©️ Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team

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©️ Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team

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©️ Kenya HARA X LIU Yichun Joint Team
 

Seung H-Sang Joint Team
 

Living Legacy”

‘Without historical remembrance there would be no beauty. The past, and with its cultural landscape, would be accorded guiltlessly to a liberated humanity, free especially of nationalism.’

——Theodor Adorno (1903-1969)


Y-HARP proposed by Seung H-Sang, Seoul Chief Architect, is the English abbreviation for “Yangliuqing Historical Area Regeneration Plan”, also the name of a musical instrument. The core of the concept revolves around ‘REGENERATION’, based on historic photos of the site, new program is installed through an ‘urban acupuncture’ method, in order to rehabilitate, reorganize and redevelop the area. The proposed vision of this ‘Living Legacy’ contains harmonic beauty while instilling culture and tradition awareness to Yangliuqing.
 
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©️ Seung H-Sang Joint Team
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©️ Seung H-Sang Joint Team

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©️ Seung H-Sang Joint Team

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©️ Seung H-Sang Joint Team

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©️ Seung H-Sang Joint Team
 

Martha Schwartz Joint Team

Sustainable National Cultural Park That Can Cope with Climate Change


Renowned Landscape Architect Martha Schwartz proposed a park that may influence and improve the climate. Inspired by traditional Chinese typologies ‘village, farm, mountain and forest’, these four elements were intersected with the activities of life and work, learn and play, culture, as well as sport and leisure. In light of climate changes world-wide, the proposal hopes for a sustainable national culture park that can cope and perchance help with these changes.
 

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©️ Martha Schwartz Joint Team

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©️ Martha Schwartz Joint Team
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©️ Martha Schwartz Joint Team
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©️ Martha Schwartz Joint Team
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©️ Martha Schwartz Joint Team

XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team
 

‘Fortune’
 

Landscape architect XIE Xiaoying joint forces with architect QI Xin formulated the proposal “Fortune”. With the “source” as their driving force, they derived the concept of “fortune”, fusing the ancient and the current; city and nature; culture; lifestyle. ‘Cloud Lifestyle Pavilion’ on the West Island mirrors the Wenchang pavilion, echo of the ancient and modern, forming two anchor points in space and time. The proposal is dedicated on shaping the IP of Yangliuqing, creating a new cultural center in the west of Tianjin and introducing a new model for the future development of the Grand Canal National Culture Park.
 

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©️ XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team

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©️ XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team

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©️ XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team

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©️ XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team

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©️ XIE Xiaoying X QI Xin Joint Team

Wang Xiangrong Joint Team
 

‘Flowing History & Evolving Culture’
 

Dean of Beijing Forestry University Landscape Architecture Department, WANG Xiangrong, proposed ‘Flowing History & Evolving Culture’. The concept has three main goals, ‘inheritance of historical context, inclusion of contemporary life and reserve for future changes’, and is carried forward by four methodologies, ‘connect, integrate, revitalize and present’. The proposal places focus especially on “culturally integrated zoning, fusion of development and nature, as well as incubation of new creative industries and cultural tourism”. The proposal transforms the Yangliuqing Grand Canal National Cultural Park into a demonstration site for similar future developments.


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 ©️ Wang Xiangrong Joint Team

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 ©️ Wang Xiangrong Joint Team

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©️ Wang Xiangrong Joint Team

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©️ Wang Xiangrong Joint Team
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©️ Wang Xiangrong Joint Team