Turenscape Academy hosts
LWCircus ChinaLab 2018
@ Xixinan, Anhui
12/4/2018 – 12/10/2018
LWCircus/www.lwcircus.org was founded in 2016 as a non-profit organization based between Florence, Rome and Mexico City. LWCircus looks for systematization of alternative methodologies based on social practices and ways to improve tools and devices. The focus of LWCircus’s programs targets experimental modalities in searching new strategies for sustainable urban and rural development on sensitive natural areas and territories—anthropologic, socio-economic, and environmental aspects–under transition. Additionally, LWCircus strives for responsible valorization of cultural landscapes of Mediterranean and developing countries.
This experiential workshop will be located in Xixinan and takes the ancient village’s unique landscape and culture to frame our creative practice. The creative community we will gather in Xixinan is itself temporary and will consist of international, multicultural, and multidisciplinary experts and students. Our community aims to share creative practices in ways that utilize multimedia, test artistic approaches, and embody performative/spontaneous attitudes towards design in the rural context, especially one interacting with sensitive ecologies. Here, we will explore ways to build RESILIENT and INCLUSIVE rural environments based on actual research in the field. In particular, we are interested in responsible and sustainable cultural development for the local community. To this end, we will directly involve local stakeholders, public institutions, and the community itself to work with us. Despite the ephemeral nature of our creative gathering, we hope any impacts we make in relation to community integration, cultural development, and economic vitalization can positively shape life in the village for a long time to come.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for students looking to learn outside the conventional classroom. You will get the chance to actually interact with the people you will be designing for, an experience that will be enriching for all participants. Every night, you will be able to participate in the International Landscape Architecture Seminars and Open Lectures (ILARKS). which open the floor to creative, critical, and constructive debate about issues in contemporary urbanism. Above all that, you will also be able to experience life in a heritage village over 1000 years old, explore classic Chinese Hui architecture, and discover the rich history behind Chinese ink paintings.