Jiangyin is a city of 1.2 million people on the south side of the Yangtze River. Situated in one of the most developed provinces of China, the area has seen a shift in recent years from a historically agricultural landscape to one shaped by industry. NAK Design Strategies provided a vision and master plan for the creation of the Green Corridor, a 72 km² belt encompassing local mountain ranges between the built up areas of Jiangyin and its secondary cities. NAK’s vision to dramatically enhance the quality of life and development value of the region focused on the principles of reclamation, restoration and remediation to create a “nearby oasis”. The master plan includes significant reforestation, habitat creation and remediation of hydrological features within the corridor. Human experience of the corridor is centred upon the Ribbon Route – a multi-modal transportation spine that travels through different development hubs promoting activities of retreat, adventure, commerce and education. The plan also celebrates the area’s significant historic temples and cemeteries, adding new trails and spaces for contemplation.
Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China