Delegates at the 72nd annual conference of the International Association of Horticultural Producers have unanimously agreed on Sep 30 that the 2024 World Horticultural Exposition shall be held in the City of Chengdu in China. Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was held via teleconference on the Internet. The Chairman and the Sectary General of the AIPH and over 150 delegates from its membership organizations attended the meeting. The China Flower Association and Chengdu participated in the conference as the bidding candidate. A specialist advisory team composed of experts from the School of Landscape Architecture (SLA) in Beijing Forestry University (BFU) and the Chengdu Park Urban Development Research Institute has been playing an active role throughout the entire bidding process.
City officials from Chengdu posed for photo-taking with BFU-SLA specialist advisory team following the conclusion of bidding presentation.
The BFU-SLA team discussing the design of the main park for the 2024 World Horticultural Expo in Chengdu, Nov.11, 2019.
The BFU-SLA team delivering a report to the China Flower Association about the preparations for the 2024 World Expo in Chengdu, Dec 28, 2019.
In recent years, Chengdu has been playing an important role in promoting the construction of a “beautiful and livable park city” and has spared no effort in bidding to be the hosing city for the World Horticultural Expo— the “Olympics in the field of flower gardening”. Since 2019, the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government has signed several strategic cooperation agreements with BFU, the School of Landscape Architecture and the Chengdu Park Urban Construction Administration, under which a series of researches and practical work have been carried out, including the bidding for the Expo. Under the leadership of the BFU-SLA head, a special taskforce team composed of SLA teachers and students from the departments of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Ornamental Horticulture and others has completed the overall plan of 2024 Chengdu World Horticultural Exposition, the conceptual planning of the Expo (in Chinese and English), the video and animation for bidding (in Chinese and English), the feasibility report (in Chinese and English), and AIPH questionnaire (in Chinese and English) and other works.
Due to the impacts of the pandemic, the School of Landscape Architectural of BFU and Chengdu Park City Construction Administration launched a “Cloud-base Signing Ceremony” for their cooperation agreement.
Liu Yuquan, Vice Mayor of Chengdu city and his team, exchanging views concerning the preparative work for the bidding with Professor Zhang Qixiang, Professor Li Xiong and the bid technical support team in BFU, Sep 8, 2020.
Chengdu Park Urban Construction Administration sent a letter to BFU to express its gratitude, Oct 1, 2020.
During the epidemic, BFU overcame many difficulties and continued to communicate and collaborate with Chengdu online, making sure that all work progress as scheduled and that timely and high-quality technical supports are available all the time.
The main park of the Expo, located in the core of Jiangxi River Ecological Corridor in the New District of Eastern Chengdu.
With the remarkable advantages of the location and transportation of this district, the perfect surrounding supporting facilities, and the excellent conditions for holding the exhibition, the main park of the 2024 Expo is located in the middle of Jiangxi River Ecological Corridor, the central green axis of Airport New City in the new district of eastern Chengdu, with a planned total area of 161 hectares. It is adjacent to Chengdu Second Airport Tianfu International Airport, Metro Line 18 Sancha Station and Sancha CBD District. Based on the design proposal made by School of Landscape Architecture of BFU, the theme of the 2024 World Expo has been put forward as “Park City, Sound Living” that features “light touch, low impact, sustainable development and full participation” as the core concept of the design. Eight main exhibition areas have been set up by taking full advantage of natural landscape as typical forest-bases, rivers, wetlands, farmlands, orchards, woodlands, trying to maintain the area as it was to satisfy the diversified needs of customers and present a wonderful green exhibition site that best showcases Sichuan characteristics and endless creativity. For the purpose long-term and sustainable use of resources, the team takes into consideration not only the exhibition needs of the Expo, but also how the venues and facilities can be put to their best uses in the post-exhibition period, aiming to develop it into a window that showcases the latest achievements in park city construction, an incubator of green and smart technologies, a public space for scientific and technological talents to exchange views and carry out interdisciplinary, cross-border innovations.
In recent years, teachers and students of various departments in the School of Landscape Architecture of BFU have gained rich experience by participating in planning research, design, exhibition implementation and competition activities of large-scale industry and urban public events such as domestic and foreign Garden Expos, Horticultural Expos, Flower Fairs. It has achieved a high degree of integration between scientific researches, teaching, practices, public communication and international exchanges. Adhering to the guiding principle that “academic research papers should align well to the needs of the country’s social and economic growth”, BFU and its SLA teams have made, and will continue to make their due contributions to China’s goals in ecological progresses.