Tianjin/Tianjin Hai River Plan -Part2-3 Public program
Apart from the corridor and bridge, the large public spaces that built around the river also enhance Hai river as the central spine of Tianjin. The public spaces attract people and at the same time shorten the distance between people and nature. The public spaces around the river have various programs, which can be categorized to culture, economic and residential purposes.
For instance, in Dabeiyuan cultural district, there is a walking corridor connects itself with the bank of Hai river, which provide easy access for people to get to the river. The designer also placed a large platform and sycamore tree at the edge of the district. People can gather there and enjoy the scene of Hai river and its bank.
Another example is economic and cultural district. The district is a combination of residential area and public infrastructure, with the area of 60 million square meter and 100 million square meter. The project is intended to dig another canal which bears culture heritage and shows human landscape.
People have criticism towards the uprising trend of constructing new buildings. As these public programs are products of China’s fast commercialization, they have certain drawbacks such as the lack of intimate interaction with human beings, the ignorance of historical heritage, and over-formalization affected by post-modernism. However, the merits that these programs help people interacting more with the river is undeniable. The public spaces provide area for people to gather while take usage of the programs such as cinema, museum, canteen and concert. These programs activate the river bank and explore the potential of the river in many aspects.