GIS Design Bootcamp

Host: Turenscape Academy
Technical Support: Turenscape Beijing
Dates: May 4, 2018 – May 6, 2018 (3 days)
Location: Peking University Science Park, 127-1 Zhongguancun North Street, Haidian District, Beijing
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2018


In recent years, “Sponge City” has become a hotly discussed topic in China. This concept responds to China’s urban reality as a multi-dimensional solution to water issues and related ecological problems Chinese cities face. Not only can Sponge Cities channel floodwater, conserve water, and purify polluted rainwater, it is also an important Ecological Security Pattern. To truly bring Sponge Cities to life, designers must be able to master Ecological Security Patterns.

An important tool used for building such patterns is the Geological Information System (GIS). This bootcamp will introduce students to applications of GIS technique on Green Infrastructure and Ecological Security Patterns. During the three days of the bootcamp, students will learn about theories and practice the gathering, analysis, and synthesis of data collected through GIS. After the bootcamp, students will be able to easily apply these skills to real-world cases and build the Sponge Cities of the future.

Course Schedule

Goal:Create Ecological Security Patterns using GIS
Day 1: 05.04
Morning Theory: Introduction to Ecological Security Pattern theory, methods, and techniques.
Case study: Analysis of major Turenscape projects.
Afternoon Theory: Introduction to applications of GIS in urban planning
Hands-on: Data lists, sources, types, and basic treatments in the building of Ecological Security Patterns
Day 2: 05.05
Morning Theory: Introduction to comprehensive water Ecological Security Pattern approaches; details of floodwater analysis and computational methods
Hands-on: hydrological analysis (basin delineation, run-off analysis, watershed extraction), identification of flood areas
Afternoon Theory: Principles of Geological Disaster Security Pattern construction
Hands-on: Soil and water conservation sensitivity rating, erosion and mudslide sensitivity ratings
Case study: Analysis of major Turenscape projects
Day 3: 05.06
Morning Theory: Principles of Biological Conservation Security Pattern construction: indicator species selection and habitat suitability ratings
Hands-on: habitat suitability rating; extraction of “sources” and calculation of path-of-least-resistance
Afternoon Theory: Vernacular culture preservation and tourism security pattern construction and calculation
Hands-on: Sources of vernacular culture and analysis of “experience” corridor


Teaching team

Wenhao Li 李文豪 | Lead Instructor
Bachelors in Urban Planning, Peking University
Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, Texas A&M, USA
[Former] Director, Turenscape Research Department Geological Design Lab

Wenhao Li researches the applications of GIS and geological sciences in urban, landscape, and ecological planning including data mining, analysis, and modeling. He has deep experience in GIS analysis and ecological analysis and has participated in the ecological analysis and infrastructure building of regions including Jiaxing 嘉兴, Dongying 东营, Yanxi Lake 北京雁栖湖流域, South Anhui regions 安徽皖南地区, Xiangyang Hanjiang Corridor 襄阳汉江长廊, Dali 大理, Tongzhou District in Beijing 北京通州区, Fuzhou New District 福州新区, Moscow, and Kazan (Russia).

Gina Xiong 熊瑛 | Guest Lecturer
Academic Director, Turenscape Academy
Senior Landscape Architect
Masters in Landscape Architecture, Arizona State University, USA


Course Objectives

Students will learn the following in this course:

  • Theory:

Guided discussions and lecture on the theories, concepts, approaches, techniques, and cases of GIS and Ecological Security Patterns
Introduction to Geological Spatial analysis techniques and their applications in urban planning and design

  • Hands-on:

GIS software hands-on instruction
Building an Ecological Security Pattern
Gathering basic spatial data from clients
Digitalization and treatment of data
Building a general Water Security Pattern: hydrological analysis, water source preservation, flood safety
Building a Biological Preservation Security Pattern: indicator species and habitat suitability analysis
Natural Disaster Security Pattern: soil and water conservation, mudslide sensitivity
Vernacular Culture Preservation


    Certification and Recommendation

    1. Receive course completion certificate signed by Dr. Kongjian Yu at the end of the course
    2. TA will negotiate internship and job recommendation at Turenscape for outstanding students 
    3. Discount for other upcoming workshops held in 2017 (Workshop 2-6)


    1. Students will bring own computer pre-installed with ArcGIS (ArcInfo) and other related softwares.
    2. Students should preview Regional Ecological Security Patterns: Case Studies in Beijing 《区域生态安全格局:北京案例》 and National Ecological Security Patterns: Strategies for Rejuvenating Natural Landscapes 《国土生态安全格局:再造秀美山川的空间战略》before the course begins.


    1. 4200 RMB/person (does not include room and board)
    2. 4000 RMB/person (group rate for 2+ people, discounted rate for returning students)

    Contact us

    Phone: 18201521972  ; 15712966956
    WeChat: add our instructors via QR Codes below

    李老师 Ms. Li





    王老师 Ms. Wang






    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    If you cancel before 04.28, we will deduct a 500 RMB fee and refund the rest of your tuition.
    No refunds after 04.28, but you can transfer your seat to someone else.

    We reserve the right to cancel the class if fewer than 10 people are registered. Full refunds will be given if class is canceled.

Start Time

12:00 am

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finish Time

11:59 pm

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Room 305, Peking University Science Park, Beijing

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