Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian

Kongjian Yu and his place of work Turenscape are past doubt the key panorama structure enterprise in China at the present time. The monstrous scale of China and its it appears boundless progress have enabled Yu to check many principles which are nonetheless mostly theories within the Western international. His paintings, more and more valued and preferred in Europe and North the US, has attained an incredibly excessive and stylish point in either notion and execution. Kongjian Yu is understood for his ecological stance, frequently opposed to the resistance of neighborhood gurus. His guiding layout ideas are the appreciation of the standard and a deep embracing of nature, even in its in all likelihood damaging features, resembling floods. between his such a lot acclaimed tasks are Houtan Park for Shanghai Expo, the pink Ribbon Park in Qinhuangdao, and Shipyard Park in Zhongshan. This booklet explores Yus paintings in a few ten essays through famous authors and widely records a few 18 chosen tasks.

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The first part of this text, the essay “The Big Foot Revolution,” was first published in slightly different form in Harvard Design Magazine 31 (Fall/Winter 2009/2010), pp. 48–59. The second part of the text, “The Road to Urban Landscape,” are excerpts from the book by Kongjian Yu and Dihua Li, The Road to Urban Landscape: Talks to Mayors (Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press, 2003). Published only in Chinese as 城市 景观之路 : 与市长们交流 ; the English translation was provided by Turenscape. 2. Aesthetic significance: Thriving riversides fully demonstrate the beauty of natural patterns in which animals and plants depend on each other.

Faced with the simultaneous worldwide processes of extreme and unpredictable urban growth and decline, coupled with the huge challenges of the affordability and viability of high-cost and high-maintenance conventional infrastructure systems and urban greening, new strategies are needed. In the twenty-first century, emerging concepts of “ecological urbanism”14 are forming a basis for cooperation among civil engineers, architects, urban designers, ecologists, and landscape architects. ” Beijing, 2007.

6 Are there contemporary concepts of nature and landscape that can tap into the traditional Chinese culture of humans rooted in nature while allowing for the modernist need to individualize and develop? And what would be the role of landscape architecture in such a reconciliation? Even if its human-and-nature harmony has been almost destroyed, China has the potential to achieve a spectacular inversion in the relationship between built structure and natural milieu in its urban environments in the twenty-first century.

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