For an industry accustomed to working with timelines that span several years into the future, architecture spent 2020 decidedly rooted in the present, as COVID-19—and its economic fallout—stalled or killed scores of projects. But that didn’t stop many firms from finding ways to put their design skills to work. Some responded specifically to the pandemic, others adapted their skillsets in the face of pressing needs, and yet others pushed relentlessly forward on stellar new projects that show the ...
The effects of global climate change are likely to worsen an already fragile environment. The predicted more frequent extreme weather conditions can be expected to cause devastating damage to vulnerable African populations as severe floods, drought, and disease threaten people's survival and security. The conventional and expensive, irreversible grey infrastructure that supports development in the Global North is unlikely to adapt to the extreme climate situations that many African cities face. ...
Climate Change Again
This paper introduces the project of "Hing Hay Park" in Seattle, USA, which is designed by Turenscape, led by Yu Kongjian.
The project is located in the hinterland of Qinling Mountains and the middle section of Southern Zhongnan mountains, with a total area of 30 square kilometers. It is a high-end tourist attraction providing multi-functional services such as vacation, leisure, research and learning. The total construction area is about 50000 square meters. At present, the first phase has completed 22000 square meters. There are wetlands, large mangroves and Begonia forests with good growth all over the place, an...
Sanya Mangrove park designed by Professor Kongjian Yu and his design team - Peking University and Turenscape won the best landscape award of the year.
Orchestrating a productive, resilient future for this imperilled environment was an auspicious start to a lasting relationship.
Landscape architecture is, far too often, the forgotten profession of the construction industry.
While architects of buildings sweep all before them in the media and at the awards ceremonies, those that shape everything that surrounds, complements and frames those structures are often the unsung heroes of a project, entwining natural life with man-made environments and blending architecture with the earth in extraordinary ways. Indeed, the discipline should be regarded as an integral part of the...