Estanislau Roca
Inés Aquilué


This article summarizes the urban proposal of the team led by Professor Estanislau Roca, consisting of professors and students of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), for the International Student Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Railway Station presented in 2015 at the Haishang Cultural Center in Shanghai. Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tongji University, Cardiff University, Southeast University of Nanjing and UPC participated in the competition. The UPC team won a second ex aequo prize with MIT.
The UPC proposal represents the urban redevelopment of an extensive area located in the heart of the city of Shanghai, where the creation of a park comprising about 40 hectares was conceived. The park is designed to form a vast new space in the city, in an area covered by railroad tracks east of the Shanghai Railway Station, which form a great barrier that divides the Zhabei District into two disconnected parts.
In the framework of the Shanghai Master Plan 2020–2040, the metropolitan scale is reflected at the local level. The proposal reinforces the continuity of green and blue through strategies that connect the new park with other existing open urban spaces and rivers. Furthermore, it enhances ecological continuity and stimulates regeneration. The project contributes to improving problems with air pollution while at the same time making the currently adopted measures more economically sustainable.
Conceived from a holistic perspective, the idea is modelled on a harmonious, inclusive, friendly, smart, accessible, sustainable city networked through the state-of-the-art technology that is essential for such complex urban transformations. What is more, it rigorously pursues economic viability throughout each stage of implementation by guaranteeing that each phase finances itself while maintaining the ledger in a positive balance.


How to Cite
Roca, E. and Aquilué, I. (2019) “A New Park for Shanghai”, The Journal of Public Space, 4(4), pp. 155–178. doi: 10.32891/jps.v4i4.1239.
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Author Biographies

Estanislau Roca, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Estanislau Roca holds a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC) (1993) and he is Chair Professor affiliated at the UPC ETSAB (Barcelona). He has been a guest scholar in several universities worldwide (Hong Kong, London, Mexico, New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo). He received the UPC University Teaching Quality Award (2011) and the Jaume Vicens Vives distinction. For over thirty years, he has acted as a member of final thesis examination committees at the ETSAB and, since 2012, as Chairman. Currently he is Vice-rector in charge of Infrastructures and Architecture at the UPC. He was awarded with the triennial Lluís Domènech i Montaner Prize for research. He is the author of more than twenty research books and over one hundred scientific articles and book chapters. He is a reviewer for several indexed journals.

Inés Aquilué, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Inés Aquilué, graduated in Architecture and PhD in Urbanism from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC), she received in 2011 a fellowship to attend a Master's Degree in Urban Studies. In 2013, with a Spanish Government fellowship she was part of the University Professors’ Training Program (FPU). She teaches in the two schools of architecture at UPC: ETSAB and ETSAV. Guest researcher in different universities, she has been visiting professor at the National University of Colombia and at the University of Newcastle. She has participated in more than twenty international congresses and round tables and has published several articles, book chapters and she has alos edited various books.

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