Aim of the competition was to make better public spaces in a number of existing Shanghai neighborhoods. We focused on two, Ninghe and Shangong and conducted the research about the needs, habits and wishes of its residents by engaging in conversation on the site and collecting different population data.
Ninghe neighborhood is a big residential compound with more varied age groups and existing park in the center. Our goal was to turn the park into a multi-functional public space with improved exercise equipment, playgrounds for different age groups and more suitable floor surfaces.
The remaining small green pockets in front of each building were used to encourage community gardens, small barbecue facilities and sitting areas.
Shanggong neighborhood consists of mainly elderly population and the public space is dominated by driveways in each alley. To ensure safer and healthier environment we limited the excess vehicle traffic, turning the central alley into a multi-functional linear square, a highly integrated street. We achieved this with low cost elements of urban design such as tree pots, paint stencils for paving and movable seating arrangements.