Lingang Bird Airport
This project showcases the exciting opportunity that exists when we reclaim spaces within our cities for critical habitat. The Lingang Bird Airport proposal would provide habitat for 50 million brids within the East Asian-Australian Flyway (EAAF). One fifth of globally threatened waterbirds fly the EAAF and the corridor is the world’s most threated due to coastal urbanization.
This imaginative competition proposal, although speculative, is courageous in ensuring the wonder and delight of the natural work is retained for people to enjoy. Using ‘sponge city’ principles from recycled wastewater and harvested rainwater it proposes to turn the 61ha of previously degraded landfill site into a wetland. The wetland us filled with walk trails and educative opportunities while also connecting this site to a broader, green infrastructure corridor of forests and farmlands around the city.
The project is inspiring of international significant to threatened migratory birds and demonstrates the opportunities that landscape architecture can provide to complex global issues.