Chapman Taylor designs master plan for World Horticultural Exhibition in Poland’s third largest city
Chapman Taylor unveiled a master plan for an 80 hectare global horticultural EXPO in Łódź, the third largest city in Poland. Also called Green EXPO, the international exhibition dedicated to the use of greenery and the landscape in urban areas will be located in the heart of the city center, near the main station, and surrounded by the urban fabric.
Developed on a site that includes two existing parks, the project is also adjacent to the city’s Medical University. As part of the city’s longer-term development strategy, the master plan will introduce many more green spaces into the city’s urban fabric. It will act as an engine of urban regeneration, creating pocket gardens, living streets and a network of more than 120 km of green tracks.
Focused on regeneration, restoration, recycling, reuse and reuse, Chapman Taylor’s master plan concept revolves around four thematic areas: Nature of Recreation, Nature of Life, Nature of Health and Nature of business. In addition, a global theme “Nature of Us” “combines elements of all others to reflect a modern city that provides jobs, facilitates rest and recharging in green surroundings, enhances cultural diversity and offers close daily contact with the environment, providing significant benefits for physical and mental health”.
- Nature of Recreation: The May 3 Park represents the forest and lake environments, offering family recreation as well as sport and fitness options for people of all ages in the restored and improved spaces of the park, designed with respect of its history.
- Nature of Living: Baden Powell Park will host the main program of the EXPO, including the Polish Pavilion, the Łódź City Pavilion surrounded by the Gardens of the Four Cultures, the National Gardens of the International Participants, an Amphitheater, a Tower of observation and exhibition halls.
- Nature of Health: Zieleniec area includes eco-friendly design solutions combined with EcoUMed Health Academy’s hydrotherapy program, healthy food gardens, pure air and water , the gardens of the senses and the circular village.
- Nature of business: Zatorze region will host conferences, seminars, scientific meetings and business networks, with emphasis on the exchange of ideas to improve the quality of life.
Created in consultation with the city and more than 50 other organizations, the project was originally scheduled for 2024, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the Łódź event being reorganized for 2029. Anticipating 4.5 million visitors from 43 countries, the project will be open for six months for the Expo. After its completion, some facilities will remain, while others will be converted to new uses such as permanent exhibition spaces as well as commercial and administrative, cultural, educational, health, sport and leisure, recreational and gastronomic – all in a mainly preserved and green environment carefully maintained and landscaped. In addition, some pavilions, structures and facilities will be moved to other places in the city, mainly its public green spaces, parks and squares.
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