As one of the most significant industrial cities in northern China, Tangshan is moving toward deindustrialization and facing
challenges of her incompetitive economy, aging population, and environmental pollution. Tangshan Power Plant emblemizes these
challenges with its scheduled termination in 2030.
Turning Point refers to not only the river meander bounding the site but also the opportunities presented as the power plant
transforms from an icon of heavy industry into an opposite figure that serves the future of Tangshan in environmental remediation,
production, education, and public engagements of a new urban identity.
Given the limited size and the critical location of the site, our objective is to transform the power plant into a demonstration
park in which cutting-edge technologies and strategies for environmental remediation and urban agricultural production are
proposed, tested, and demonstrated to the public. The demonstrations not only perform as educational instruments for active
learning, but also serve as paradigms for the rest of the city to take further actions on relevant topics. In addition, the site
will also reintegrate into the public life of the local population with recreational amenities for the youth and programs for
social interaction for the elderly.
[Project of MIT-Tsinghua Joint Studio 2019, Teammate: Charlotte Ong, Instructors: Brent Ryan, Lorena Bello]