Cincinnati-Liuzhou Friendship Garden

project description

Human Nature collaborated with a multi-disciplinary and international team to design and implement the Cincinnati-Liuzhou Friendship Garden. As one of Cincinnati’s Sister Cities, Liuzhou asked the Cincinnati Park Board and the Design Team to generate a concept for a garden, located in Longtan Park, that would embody the close friendship between the two cities. The resulting plan captures the spirit of the two cities. Liuzhou, the Dragon City, is represented by a plaza consisting of plantings, special paving, and sculptural stones that suggest a dragon holding a pearl. Cincinnati, the Queen City, is represented by a plaza surrounded by plantings and a jewelled crown trellis.  Connecting the two sides of the garden is an arched pedestrian bridge that echoes the form of the Roebling suspension bridge in Cincinnati. The bridge of friendship spans the “ocean” that separates the two cities.


Cincinnati USA Sister City Association & Cincinnati Park Board

location Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China project phases Master Plan through Construction


2007 Cincinnati Design Awards

parks + preserves