Shanghai, China

Foshan is one of China’s leading centers of art and scholarship. In 2006, developers, planners, and city officials hatched a plan to conserve the ancient area. They recognized the need for a series of private developments outside of the Old Town to be built at a density able to support a new, transit-oriented, mixed-use downtown while at the same time defraying the costs of preserving and restoring the vibrancy of the city’s historic Old Town and temple.

Working back and forth with Atkins Shanghai, Karen Kiest prepared conceptual design sketches for the competition for the proposed park along the riverbank. The design provided a curvilinear path linking a diveristy of recreational elements. The design effort includes the color master plan, planting design and grading plan.