Education / Research

Workshop atelier/terrain 2008 Jinze (Qingpu - Shanghai - China)

_For a landscape staging of the urban and rural territory of the town of Jinze

The town of Jinze is located at the west end of the city of Shanghai. The urban ensemble is crossed by a network of canals. The morphology and urban architecture of this town are typical of the known water towns in this region. This suburb is deeply marked by countryside. Its agricultural and aquatic environment is preponderant (marshes, canals, lakes, etc.). Regarding the development issues of Qingpu district and its new city, the town of Jinze seems dedicated to the enhancement of its territory, namely the rehabilitation of historical districts and its agricultural interfaces, preservation of aquatic resources and its wetlands, and sustainable development of its local economy (industry and tourism)

Activity video carried out by the Communications Department of the University of Montreal

_Planning Issues

The main issues of local studied site for the town of Jinze are related to transportation issues, water and wetlands, public spaces as well as cultural and commercial integration of the new architecture into the old part of the Town.

To these specific questions are linked a series of important general issues related to:

  • the preservation and enhancement of the tangible heritage (landscape architecture) and the intangible heritage (local history and customs);
  • the preservation and enhancement of aquatic ecosystems around the town of Jinze (preservation of the “water” resource and phytoremediation of the plants);
  • the landscape identity of Jinze: positioning of Jinze Town throughout the territory of Qingpu - Shanghai (identity and uniqueness in terms of its development);
  • the economic and social development (follow-up of social, cultural, economic, and environmental changes and transformations);
  • the quality of life and well-being of citizens of the Town (enhancement, recovery, accessibility, and ownership of the neighbourhood public spaces);
  • to the implementation of the principles of sustainable development into landscape projects in the Town of Jinze and its territorial context.


_Sites and themes of study

Based on discussions with local officials and regional experts in the town of Jinze, Qingpu district, and the City of Shanghai, several problematic sites and study themes and projects (see Jinze plans) have been targeted for the reflection for WAT_Jinze (Qingpu - Shanghai), namely:

  • 1. East Territory of Jinze Town: The islands and wetlands (preservation, enhancement, and development of the landscape)
  • 2. Commercial area: reclassification of the markets, the main street, the canals, and the backstreets as market places
  • 3. West Territory: Development of the town and rural and urban interfaces
  • 4. Cultural, civic, educational, and public Spaces: Coherence, enhancement, and development
  • 5. Canals and streets network: Interface of the networks and opportunities of enhancement and development
  • 6. Entrance of the town of Jinze: Landscape identities and reclassification of Jinze Town entrances


_12 Landscape projects for the town of Jinze, from October 20th to 31st 2008

The reflection that will take place at the WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) at the Jingyuan hotel this autumn will target some of these issues and these specific themes in order to provide answers in terms of urban development in the form of “landscape projects”. These reflections will build on all territorial analysis already conducted by the Town Planning Directorate of Qingpu district as part of its Master Planning. In addition, and following discussions with representatives of Qingpu, it was agreed that the results of WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) may lead to the current revision of the Master Planning of Jinze.


East Territory of Jinze Town

Commercial Areas

West Territory of Jinze Town

Cultural, civic, educational and public spaces

Canals and Streets Networks

Entrances of the Town of Jinze


_Groundwork of the students, University of Montreal

  • Geography, environment and territory (China, Shanghai, Qingpu district and Jinze Suburb)/Katerine Beaudry et Karoline Davignon_University of Montreal
  • History, society and culture (China, Shanghai province)/Isabelle Bourque and Yan-Carl Martel_University of Montreal
  • Iconography, Chinese territory and heritage representation /Émanuelle Leclerc and Shun Yao Luo_University of Montreal
  • Urbanization, territorial planning and resource management (China, Shanghai province, Qingpu district and Jinze suburb)/ Katherine Jarno and Laurence Lessard_University of Montreal
  • Urban development projects-Architecture, Urban design and landscape architecture (Chine, Shanghai province, Qingpu District)/Anne Aubin and Mathieu Drouin_University of Montreal



1st price

Theme: Commercial Areas Commercial Network – Project 4

2nd price

Theme: Cultural spaces Necklace of Pearls – Project 8

3rd price

Theme: Entrances of the town of Jinze – Project 5

[Jury ] [Closing Ceremony]



_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai), laboratory of an international reflection on suburbs planning

As an introduction to the WAT, a seminar on the theme of enhancement of the surroundings, interfaces of territories, and viable development strategies will be held on October 20thand 21st2008. The Chinese experts and international guests and some professors from Tongji University will share their views on the subject. Some local and regional representatives of the city of Shanghai will also be invited to talk to sensitize all participants in this international activity and to support the reflections

[ Seminar program ]


_Goal of the WAT

Based on the targeted issues and problems of development identified with all the Chinese partners, the purpose of this discussion will produce 12 landscape projects for the town of Jinze. This project will be supervised by the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design of the University of Montreal (with the support of its international cooperation network), Tongji University, and in partnership with the Qingpu district and the City of Shanghai.


_General objectives of the Workshop_atelier/terrain (WAT)

As the previous international WAT, the main objective is to generate a multidisciplinary (landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning) and international reflection on planning and development of the urban landscape of the town of Jinze in Qingpu district – Shanghai, through a perspective of sustainable development:

  • To characterize the major issues of development and potential attractions of the urban landscape of Jinze;
  • Providing structuring and sustainable development solutions regarding the issues targeted by local authorities of Jinze, Qingpu district, and the City of Shanghai;
  • Educate civil society to the preservation, enhancement, and development of sustainable landscapesof the town of Jinze;
  • Create a dialogue with Chinese partners (professionals and academics – architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, sociologists, historians, geographers, etc.) and also record the results of WAT_Jinze (Qingpu– Shanghai) in the International Observatory of Peripherals landscapes: towns and cities of the CUPEUM.


_A project of cooperation and of international influence

The WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) will focus on the preservation, enhancement, and development of landscapes of the town of Jinze and will be part of the International Observatory of Peripherals landscapes: towns and cities (CUPEUM) and, hence, in a network of international cooperation. This activity will bring together 13 institutions of the international scientific network of the CUPEUM from 8 countries (China, Canada, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, and Italy). The WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) will produce 12 planning development projects and will bring together 46 students. This workshop will be supported by an academic staff of 10 professors from the participating universities and it will be supported by local experts.


_National and international exposure

Following the varnishing of the work done in the WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) at the Jingyuan hotel (Qingpu district) on October 3oth 2008 and the medal ceremony of UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environment Design of the University Montreal and its Chinese partners will attend the next World Urban Forum – WUF4 (UN-Habitat) in Nanjing from November 3rdto 7th2008 to present the international WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai). This assessment will be part of the exhibition at the UNESCO’s booth. Moreover, this exhibition will present the previous WAT of the CUPEUM conducted since 2004 in Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the Republic of Korea. In addition, the work of the WAT_Jinze (Qingpu – Shanghai) will be published in a book at the Presses de l’Université de Montreal (PUM) and they will also be available on the Internet via the virtual library of the CUPEUM under “Activités pédagogiques”:


_WAT of the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design

Each year, the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design of the University of Montreal (CUPEUM) organizes WAT on the design of urban landscapes of medium-sized cities in different countries (Italy 2003, Morocco 2004, Lebanon 2005, Tunisia 2006, Republic of Korea 2007, China 2008). Unique international places of experiment, these annual appointments gathering several students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and geography from different regions of the world as well as a panel of experts and professors to generate international scenarios of sustainable development for local communities. These WAT are both exercises visions of development and competition of ideas since the three winning projects are rewarded with medals of UNESCO after the evaluation from an international jury under the chairmanship of UNESCO and the mayor of the host city. The WAT of CUPEUM is a unique learning model in its multicultural and multidisciplinary approaches which stimulates the implementation of inventive and innovative projects for the sustainable development of cities. Part of the International Observatory of Peripherals landscapes: towns and cities of the CUPEUM, all WAT is an exceptional networking expertise, with dialogues between cultures and reflections on the design of cities the twenty-first century.


_Reference documents

Official leaflet


Jinze Masterplans


Cartographic database


Call for applications

  • Landscape architecture / architecture students from the Faculté de l'Aménagement de l'Uuniversité de Montréal (Canada)


Press release