For years the link between Shanghai’s People’s Square and World-Renowned Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street has been segregated from its world-famous Riverfront, the bund. This 500m void was frequently congested with traffic and almost non-existent walkways with storefronts spilling onto the sidewalks, causing tourists and residents to spill on the road causing traffic jams and chaos. The majestic architectural history and facades of Shanghai were visually cluttered by busses, electrical and lighting posts, and uncoordinated signage, creating an image of confusion and unease. Significant historical architectural jewels like the Peace Hotel were inaccessible visually and physically. In 2019, Shanghai called for a renewal plan with the public realm to stitch, link, and unclutter this significant void within the city via the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street’s continued pedestrianization.
Shanghai’s History, Culture, and Vernacular were carefully considered and incorporated within the design via the choice of paving materials, sizes, and colors, which were communicated and partnered with the city’s many leaders. Lighting, Signage, and Utilities were combined, relocated, and beautified with the tireless coordination with the many departments for safety and compliance insurance. Architecture and Functional Programming bleed into the pedestrian realm via the careful planning of trees, furnishings, and the urban realm’s materiality that seperates seating, café, and passive space from pedestrian corridors. Lighting, Signage, and Security were minimized, combined, and coordinated to create flexible and uncluttered vistas to the city’s history and landmarks for all to enjoy.
With pride and Honor:
The Nanjing Pedestrian Road Extension Team
ECADI (East China Architectural Design & Research Institute)
Role of the entrant in the project: Landscape architect, Architecture, Planning, Traffic, Sculpture, Lighting.
Architecture offices involved in the design: Arup
Project location: Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China
Design year: 2019-2020
Year Built: 2019-2020