Architectural studio Sasaki releases the plans for the Chengdu Panda Reserve that is meant to both protect the precious, endangered animals but also accommodate the needs of the ever-expanding Chinese city. The architects seek to use their medium and design-thinking to bring solutions and balance nature with developing urban centers. Through the panda reserve concept, Sasaki hopes to "organically combine the ecological and cultural value of giant pandas with the beautiful and habitable park city."
The proposal takes up 27 square miles of space and its internal infrastructure is centered around three things — "conservation, education, and research." In addition to the planned habitat, Sasaki hopes to make the panda reserve experience available on a global level through a connected digital app called Panda Quest.