AS+P comes second in urban design competition in Shanghai


"Yangpu Riverside Mid-North Region", located upon the Huangpu River about 9 km northeast of the famous Lujiazui peninsula, is one of Shanghai's most important development areas. The 11 sqkm large planning area, located east of Jungong road, includes 15.5 kilometers long Huangpu Riverfront.

The area was one of the industrial hearts of Shanghai and contributed half of the GDP volume of Shanghai when in full swing. In the course of post-industrial urban renewal, most factories were being relocated, the area shall now be developed to a show-case and state of the art model district which represents Shanghai's aspiration to be a world renowned global city. The site contains several landmark-protected ensembles of industrial heritage buildings, as well as the very popular Gongqing Forest Park, which have to be incorporated into the future design concept.

Within Shanghai's overall strategic urban development scheme, "Yangpu Riverside Mid-North Region" represents an integral element; its importance for the future "City image" can hardly be overestimated. Against this background, the city of shanghai held an inter­national urban design competition to explore the potentials of the area to become a dynamic, innovative, integrated new district, with a distinctive mixed of smart uses and a particular riverfront orientation.

In an inter­national prequalification process, AS+P was selected to participate in the competition, together with Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, Chapman Taylor and AECOM.

Planning Structure

The site is subdivided into seven multifunctional clusters: Residential, Research & Development for new Industries, CBD, a radical mixed-use District and a Smart District with concepts of future living; with centrally placed green-corridors integrating the existing industrial heritage buildings. Three major clusters lead the entire development: the "Industry 4.0 Incubator" in the north, the "Fuxing Island Smart City" in the south and the "Business core" in the very Centre. Although separated from Yangpu district's urban fabric by Jungong road, the sequence of these clusters and the corridors between them reflects the existing urban context and carries the idea of making the Huangpu riverfront accessible again for the citizens - creating this proposal's three USPs: its high-end waterfront uses, open spaces and riverside- Boulevards.

Each of these clusters are well connected to its surrounding residential and working areas by the public transportation and convenient neighborhood-services within 5 min walking distance.


The area's most important connection to the city-Centre is Jungong road, three TOD nodes located alongside this road will have the most frequented uses, the highest densities as well as Landmark buildings, creating the areas iconic skyline.

Business Core

At the geometric center, connected to two subway stations and stretching from jungong road towards the Huangpu, the mixed-use business core will contain all service-functions and uses needed to make it an attractive sub center of Shanghai. Towards Jungong road, its skyline represents the newly upgraded district. On the other side, at the Huangpu river, the art and music hall and the urban development museum make use of the riverside recreational and cultural boulevard with its adjacent open spaces. A contemporary public corridor, emphasized by a generous glass roof structure, connects these facilities with the skyline-core.

Central Residential Community

Close to the scenic Gongqing forest park, the central residential community will offer a variety of future oriented living-, and service- and cultural facilities. As an contemporary mixed -use community, it will integrate high-end green spaces and public squares, SOHO- and service-apartments, high level housing, combined with existing historical industrial buildings and parks orientated towards the riverside boulevard.

University Innovation Cluster

The "University Innovation Cluster" is neighboring the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), it extends and utilizes the educational resources of USST. A special feature is the incorporation of industrial-heritage buildings into a new, lively Campus-arrangement which blends tradition, culture, with cutting-edge innovative industries and services. Together with a network of diverse facilities and open spaces for leisure, culture and recreation, the campus provide the atmosphere of a creative village for scientists, artists, students, entrepreneurs and visitors alike.

Industry 4.0 Incubator Cluster

Industry 4.0 Incubator Cluster is located at north of Gongqing Forest Park and well connected to a metro station. The focus of this hub lies on smart industries, integrated with manufacturing services, industry 4.0 R&D, smart technology brands and cultural events in the industrial heritage facilities.

Fuxing Island

As the only island in Huangpu River, Fuxing Island represents more than 100 years Shanghai's industrial heritage. It is ideally suitable to become a smart, green and low carbon model zone, which may serve as a laboratory for future development, such as autonomous mobility, or IT- and AI-based interconnected services. The urban design principal combines a modular system of flexible building typologies, which is flexible and easily adoptable to changes and innovations during the development progress, with a human scale and "walkable" environment.