First prize was awarded to an ecosystem revitalization blueprint for Suzhou Creek, Shanghai, China by Taiwanese student Boon Ting Teo.Solid future for sustainable construction in Asia Pacific »
This project addresses two very common and serious problems in rapidly-growing cities: ﬂooding and water pollution. Suzhou Creek in Shanghai belongs to one of the most polluted stretches of water in the world. Its ﬂow direction isn’t constant due to the periodical variations of the sea level which leads to intermittent ﬂooding in wide parts of Shanghai. The visionary idea regarding the control of the water ﬂow and its pollution is not to rely on traditional protective structures and water puriﬁcation processes, but to divert the polluted water into a landscaped texture which allows control of the varying water level and reduces pollution by phytoremediation process.
The cleaned water will seep away and nourish the ground water reservoir of Shanghai and therefore reduce the frequency of ground resettlement due to variance in the water table under the city. The river ﬂow as well as the contaminants of the water will be controlled by computational ﬂuid dynamics simulation. The jury commended this proposal because its smart concept is unique and uses the most natural way to reform the hydrological system of Shanghai.See more
The project, Heart of Suzhou Creek ecosystem revitalization, analyzed the impacts of flooding and pollution on this important waterway. Inspired by the workings of the heart, the visionary idea involves diverting water into a landscaped texture which controls the varying water level and purifies its content by a process of phyto-remediation.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.79 MB) »