The origin of design
▼入口景观，充分利用起场地最大的资源，龙鳞白杨林，entrance, take the advantage of the largest resource of the site , the dense poplar forest ©钱知洋
▼入口标识， sign at the entrance ©钱知洋
Populus alba village, Qilian County, Qinghai Province, is located at the foot of zhuo’er mountain, a scenic spot along the Qinghai Hubei line. There is plenty of light in summer and snow in winter. The surrounding mountains are covered with rain and snow, and the streams pass through the village. The Hui, Han and Salar villagers of the village have lived together with this poplar forest for many years. The largest resource of the site itself is the dense poplar forest distributed on both sides of the valley. The plan hopes to highlight the site characteristics of the scattered forest land through the careful layout of the forest path and theme landscape, and create a series of comfortable and natural public activity spaces for the village.
▼从场地眺望远处的雪山和村舍，view the snow mountains and cottages from the site ©钱知洋
When thinking about the future scene of public space in Populus alba village, we put forward two levels of scene construction: “poetic nature, neighborhood comfort”. The inspiration of the scene design comes from the traditional garden making method. With the nearly hidden plank road, a series of walking paths are built from the village entrance to the poplar forest and then to the highland barley field to show the dragon scale poplar, which can be used to create a deep view by the mountain forest; sometimes lying across the water, sometimes winding into the forest, fascinating in the natural poetic scene among the snow mountain, Danxia and poplar forest.
▼穿于林间的栈道，plank road within the forest ©钱知洋
The neighborhood comfortable scene is built on the stream of snow mountain, which is precious in the northwest of Takahara. The design hopes to seize the opportunity of water environment reconstruction after returning farmland to grassland, reconstruct the comfortable hydrophilic neighborhood public space, adopt the strategy of water management and good neighborhoods, carry out three sections of centralized treatment for the existing water body, form the open and close water stream relationship with a sense of falling, and pass through it with a zigzag stack road facing the water, and strive to narrow and long field by taking advantage of the sense of local height difference and the secluded platform in the forest In the middle of the earth, we can see the big from the small. The inter forest walking system also forms a small closed-loop traffic in the core area of public life with the villagers’ Square, adding a hydrophilic public activity site with composite functions, improving the accessibility and living environment of the surrounding villagers, and improving the hydrophilic comfort of the neighborhood space of the village.
▼具有跌落感的开合水溪关系，open and close water stream relationship with a sense of falling ©钱知洋
▼以栈道曲折临水穿于溪间，pass through the water with a zigzag stack road ©钱知洋
▼增加亲水公共活动场地，adding hydrophilic public activity site ©钱知洋
Environmental protection device
Populus alba village is a multi-ethnic village with environmental characteristics. At the beginning of the design, we found that the left behind people had strong willingness to participate in the village construction, but we didn’t know where to start, so the design team carried out a field space construction experiment from behavior in the early stage of the construction. The landscape architect and the community construction team worked hand in hand with a “talking wall” activity to launch an interaction on the environmental governance of the large white poplar here. The interactive media material is the beverage bottles that tourists left in the village. Because the products can’t be decomposed even if they have been buried underground for more than 100 years, we mobilized the villagers to paint on the collected beverage bottles, which can’t be divided in 100 years Jiedi’s bottle beautifying courtyard wall and environmental governance theme landscape node, with a series of participatory design activities to show the other side of “garbage”, re agglomerate the national consensus on the environmental protection and governance of a beautiful home, establish the collective memory of villagers and the natural environment, and create a small closed loop of shared and co built village environmental governance.
▼彩绘饮料瓶美化院墙，painted beverage bottle to beautify the courtyard wall ©钱知洋
Place and materials
After the completion of the public space in the Populus alba area of Populus alba village, a series of places are provided for villagers to walk, rest, stop, play, meet and communicate in the public environment from indoor to outdoor. The outdoor furniture of the place mostly uses the wastes such as drink plastic bottles and old railings. The space interface uses steel wood, red brick and stone materials in the natural environment to strengthen the space definition of artificial and natural, and strive to create more interesting activity places for the elderly, women and children in the village.
▼利用饮料瓶制作户外设施，making outdoor facilities using beverage bottles ©钱知洋
▼饮料瓶固定在金属网内，形成特殊的立面，beverage bottle is fixed in the metal net to form a special facade ©钱知洋
▼钢木扶手与栈道，steel wood handrail and plank ©钱知洋
▼废物再利用，reuse of waste ©钱知洋
▼场地平面，master plan ©中国乡建院原乡工作室
▼细节图，construction detail ©中国乡建院原乡工作室
Project name: The construction of rural public space in the forest of Populus alba
Design studio: HomeTown studio of cnrpd (www.cnrpd.com)
Design Director: Zhao Jinxiang
Client: People’s Government of Babao Town, Qilian County
Construction firm: f.i.t studio of cnrpd、Community building team of cnrpd
Project location: Babao Town, Qilian County, Qinghai Province , China
Photographer: Qian Zhiyang
Design time: September 2018