Concept for Rooftop Farming

Concept for Rooftop Farming,
Liuzhou, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China

This concept master plan aspires to indicate, through its design strategies, a future that is positive and hopeful in all aspects. Striving to maximize social engagement, the plan creates an urban structure that promotes walking and healthy activities in its multitude of parks, paths and trails. The development will also preserve existing stream and wetland communities, returning clean, healthy water to the ecosystem at equal rates and in the same patterns of the undeveloped site through the use of integrated strategies. The overall goal is to make Liuzhou’s water cleaner, to make its air fresher, and to make its people happier. Befitting its designation as a demonstration project, the plan demonstrates what is possible in Liuzhou, in China, and in communities around the globe. The project serves as a challenge to seek excellence in placemaking that will enable Liuzhou’s children to live and work in concert with a world full of potential and opportunity.


Liuzhou Municipal People’s Government and Administrative Commission of Liuzhou New & High Tech Industrial Development Zone


5,436 acres (22 square kilometers)


Master plan completed July 2005


William McDonough + Partners, Design Leader
JFNew, Project Partners
China Housing Industry Associate, Project Partners
The China-US Center for Sustainable Design, Project Partners

Awards + Certifications

ASLA Professional Awards, 2007