Red-line is the property line in the context of land use in China on which typically stand the boundary walls of gated communities.
The Red Line Park proposal was born from the convergence of two threads: the urgency of creating more inhabitable parks in the city, and the neglected space along the red lines. The walls standing on the red lines will be broken up and transformed into a unique system of linear urban parks which occupies zero footprints.
What we envision is a modular system composed of RLP Units that would start to replace sections of the existing walls by grass root initiatives, that is, initiatives by residents in the gated communities. These Units would accommodate functions of traditional parks, such as resting, playing, socializing, exercising, landscaping and so on, but in a linear form that literally occupies zero square feet in the urban scale. These RLP units would be mainly built from recycled objects. We are to design A - Z total 26 prototypes of the RLP units, but there could be many more ideas as long as the designs stick to our predetermined key words: Recyclable, Adaptable, Permeable, Inhabitable, Economical and Meaningful. Above of all, they are to be fun! People in the community can be involved in designing and building of RLP units. Some prototypes could be easily manufactured in the factories as the alternative to current repetitive fences; some prototypes could be built in-situ with recycled objects by the residents...
Paradoxically, Red Line Park begins from the wall; its hidden mission though is the demise of the wall. Eventually the Red Line Parks will break up the boundaries around gated communities and reconnect the segregated urban fabric into a synthetic whole.
We hope that Red Line Parks can serve as a vehicle for injecting new possibilities into our urban life, and as an instrument for tackling urban issues with tenable measures at people’s own initiatives. We invite everyone to join us in the dialogue. And little by little we hope to make a change.