Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kongjian Yu at GSAPP

On Monday, October 29 at 6:30pm, Kongjian Yu, founder of Turenscape, is giving the 2018 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture at Columbia GSAPP. The lecture is a must. Michael Van Valkenburgh describes Yu, on the back cover of the new Terreform/UR book, Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City, as "the Olmsted of China."

[Harbin Qunli Stormwater Park in Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China, by Turenscape]

From Columbia GSAPP's website:
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. [...] 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. [...]

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.