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Shanghai, China, Forte

OPEN was commissioned in 2012 to develop public realm proposals for Dijie, the first phase of a significant new mixed use development in Shanghai. Options were developed to concept stage and then developed to scheme design during a weeklong workshop in Shanghai working closely with the client. Following a successful presentation to the head of the development company, OPEN has produced a detailed package of information for handing over to a local landscape architect.

The site is located between a major road and a river, both of which have influenced the proposals. Spaces created include retail streets, public spaces, riverside gardens and formal office entrance spaces. Proposals have included new connections into the wider existing footpath network, helping to connect and activate the new public realm.