The Song Shun Road streetscape master plan is a comprehensive analysis that deals with the improvement of the urban condition for pedestrians and combining a first class streetscape with the need for ecological remediation. Due to the over development of Taipei, the natural process of groundwater recharge is severely cut-off and the runoff that is collected is piped to off-site treatment facilities. This has a long-term adverse affect on the local landscape and environment. By combining an ecological solution with the improvement the pedestrian condition, a comprehensive concept is created.
The concept employs a thin cor-ten steel blade wall to delineate a sculptural element that twists, turn, and bends up, down, left, and right. The wall and function as a bio-retention area is transcended, and it becomes public sculptural art. At the low points of the sculptural element, the planting strip transforms into a bio-retention zone, collecting 100% of surface and building runoff. Water is retained within the bio-retention zone and slowly filters back into the ground. This important step is critical for recharging the groundwater in the immediate area- a perennial problem for overdeveloped urban areas. The streetscape at the clothing district takes on a more energetic and lyrical quality. The paving and integrated lighting is more playful and evokes fabric patterns which integrates it more closely with the surrounding usage. Surface and building runoff are still completely captured, but are directed to a contained space. This allows for a large sidewalk area, due to the increased pedestrian traffic in this location.