Huwei is an inland town of around 70,000 people, located on the Beigang River. The area developed in the early 19th century around its sugar factory. While the sugar factory still operates, a connected alcohol factory was closed in the 1970s, becoming overgrown with tropical vegetation.

Aerial view of Beigang River Park. All images © MVRDV < > < > < >

Today, the factory grounds, along with a dike built to protect the town from the river’s floods, form a significant barrier between Huwei and the Beigang River. The town suffers from water pollution resulting from its urban and agricultural growth, and is unprepared for floods and droughts that will come as a result of climate change.

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