September 29, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture and the Environment and the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia presents the 2008 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander lecture, given by Dr. Kongjian Yu of Beijing landscape architecture firm turenscape. 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 is the founder and president of turenscape, one of the largest private landscape architecture firms in China.
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 and ecological recovery.
Yu is a five-time winner of the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Honor Awards in the past five years for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, two-time winner of the Architectural Review Award, and winner of the National Gold Medal of Fine Arts in China (2004). In 2004, Yu was awarded the Oversea Chinese Pioneer Achievement Medal by the Chinese central government for his overall contribution to the nation. Yu was the keynote speaker for the 40th and 43rd IFLA World Congress, and the 2006 ASLA annual conference. This month he will also keynote at the 2008 ASLA annual conference.
Yu publishes widely, including more than 200 papers and 15 books, the most current of which 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 landscape, and landscape security patterns and ecological infrastructure.
The lecture takes place at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 10, 2008 in the C300 Theatre of UBC at Robson Square in Vancouver, BC. Admission to the lecture is free. For more information on turenscape, please visit www.turenscape.com, and for more information in the lecture series, please visit www.lecturesonarchitecture.net.