Architects have long used water to reflect or adorn their work. We meet the editor of a new title making waves in the world of residential architecture. Plus a word with landscape architect Kongjian Yu about solving China’s water crisis and a flick through the finest design magazines with journalist Katie Treggiden.
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President, Turenscape; Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University, Beijing, China
"The Art of Survival: Recovering Landscape Architecture"
Time Magazine called Kongjian Yu as "The Force of Nature," and Yu defined landscape architecture as the art of survival. In this lecture, Dr. Yu uses multiple projects to demonstrate landscape architecture as a powerful tool to achieve sustainability and green urbanism, and define a new and poetic vernacular landscape in contemporary China, while addressing issues of survival, such as flood control, food production, ecological recovery.
Kongjian Yu received his Doctor of Design Degree at The Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995. He is the founder and dean of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University, and the founder and president of Turenscape, which is an internationally awarded firm with more than 300 professionals and is one of the first and largest private landscape architecture and architecture firms in China.
Dr. Yu is a five-time winner of ASLA Honor Awards (The American Society of Landscape Architects) in the past five years for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, two-time winner of the Architectural Review Award (Commended, Architectural Review, UK). Dr. Yu is the winner of the National Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2004, China). In 2004, Dr. Yu was awarded the Oversea Chinese Pioneer Achievement Medal by the Chinese central government for his overall contribution to the nation. Dr. Yu was the keynote speaker for the 40th and 43rd IFLA World Congress, and the 2006 ASLA annual conference. In October, he will also keynote at the 2008 ASLA annual conference.
Dr. Yu publishes widely, including more than 200 papers and 15 books. His current book is: The Art Of Survival: Recovering Landscape Architecture. His major research interests include: the theory and method of landscape architecture and urban planning; the cultural aspect of the landscape; landscape security patterns and ecological infrastructure.
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MSAUD student Angela Crisostomo speaks with Kongjian Yu in advance of his Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture at the school on October 29, 2018. Dr. Yu is the founder and principal of Turenscape, a Beijing-based design firm conducting work in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, urban design, and ecological infrastructure.
“Design means in our profession to create something with beautiful form. But sometimes this form is fake or shallow. The design profession today should go to more deep form, which means its form should have an ecological base and have an ecological relationship. The buildings should be energy saving, the landscape should be sustainable." - Kongjian Yu
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Creating Deep Connections and Deep Forms
A lecture by Kongjian Yu, founder of Turenscape, Beijing.
Response by Kenneth Frampton.
Kongjian Yu is the Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape at Peking University and the founder of the award-winning landscape and architecture firm Turenscape, based in Beijing. His pioneering research on ‘ecological security patterns’ and ‘sponge cities’ have been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning, eco-city campaigns, and urban ecological restoration. He has won numerous international awards for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, including twelve ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Excellence and Honor Awards, a ULI (Urban Land Institute) Global Award of Excellence in 2009, and four World Best Landscape Awards at the World Architecture Festival (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015). A native of China’s Zhejiang Province, his guiding design principles are the appreciation of the ordinary, such as rural agricultural landscapes, and a deep embrace of nature, even in its potentially destructive aspects, such as urban flooding. His projects include Shanghai Houtan Park, Harbin Qunli Stormwater Park, the Qinhuangdao Red Ribbon Park, Zhongshan Shipyard Park, the Rice Campus for Shenyang Jianzhu University, Tianjin Quaoyuan Park, Qian’an Sanlihe Greenway, Jinhua Yanweizhou Park, and Quzhou Luming Park. Yu served the Master Jury and Steering Committee for the Aga Kahn Architecture Award. He was elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, and received the Doctor Honoris Causa from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2017 and is the recipient of a Doctorate of Design from Harvard GSD.
The Kenneth Frampton Endowed lecture series, now in its eighth year, is a premier annual lecture given at Columbia GSAPP by a distinguished architect scholar honoring Ware Professor Kenneth Frampton for his lifetime of teaching and research.
Chosen by Ware Professor Kenneth Frampton and the Dean of Columbia GSAPP, previous speakers include Juhanni Pallasmaa, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Angelo Bucci, Grafton Architects, Bijoy Jain, and Rahul Mehrotra. All have given public lectures addressing some of the key issues central to Professor Frampton’s thinking about the field of architecture.
The Kenneth Frampton Lecture was established in 2010 by a generous group of Columbia GSAPP alumni and friends.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.