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.
Sasaki's Design Takes into Consideration the Animal & the City
1. Urban-nature Integration - Designing urban spaces that seamlessly integrate nature and biodiversity can create opportunities for sustainable development and improved quality of life.
2. Conservation-centric Architecture - Architects incorporating conservation, education, and research elements into their design can contribute to the protection of endangered species and their habitats.
3. Digitalization of Nature Experiences - Developing digital apps and platforms that provide immersive and educational experiences can enhance global accessibility to wildlife conservation efforts.
1. Architecture - Architects can explore innovative designs that prioritize the coexistence of urban environments and ecological preservation.
2. Technology - Tech companies can leverage digital platforms to create interactive and informative experiences that engage a global audience in wildlife conservation.
3. Tourism - The tourism industry can benefit from eco-friendly attractions that promote sustainable development and wildlife conservation.