Time: Aug. 27, 2007.
Place: Turen Design Institute, Beijing.
Host: PD Online Forum
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kongjian Yu, Dean of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University; founder of Turenscape, a prestigious Beijing-based design institute.
File photo of Dr. Kongjian Yu, Dean of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University, and founder of Turenscape, a prestigious Beijing-based design institute.
Dr. Yu got his Doctor of Design Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1995. Turenscape has won several important prizes since it was established by Dr. Yu in 1997, including those honored by American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the world's most prestigious prize for landscape design. Major projects and honors
2007 ASLA Design Honor Award: the Red Ribbon—Tanghe River Park, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province;
2006 ASLA Design Honor Award: Huangyan Yongning River Park, Zhejiang Province;
2005 ASLA Design Honor Award: Shenyang Architectural University Campus;
2005 ASLA Honor Award, Planning and Analysis: Growth Pattern of Taizhou City Based on Ecological;
2005 Human Habitat Award (The Ministry of Construction, China): Taizhou Yongning River Park, Zhejiang Province;
2004 The Gold Medal of Fine Arts (The Chinese Cultural ministry, Chinese Society of Fine Arts): Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Guangdong Province;
2004 The Emerging Architects Ar+d Recommended (The Architecture Review): Dujiangyan Square, Chengdu, Sichuan Province;
2002 ASLA Design Honor Award: Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Guangdong Province;
2001 Human Habitat Award (The Ministry of Construction, China) Changdu Zhonglu Pedestrian Street, TibetIdeas
Dr. Yu believes the landscape should reflect the affinity between people and nature. The way to achieve that is to establish and maintain a harmony between the land and people who live on the land. A human habitat makes sense only when it serves as a bond between its inhabitants and the history, culture and the national identity in particular.
Dr. Yu is on his global itinerant lectures: The Art of Survival: Recovering Landscape ArchitectureBy People's Daily Online