Landscape Design Methods Based on Social Practice Workshop
12/3/2018 – 12/10/2018
Turenscape Academy & LWCircus
@ Xixinan, Anhui
Why join this “Learning by Doing” Workshop?
– Build with international landscape architects and artists –
– Use recycled natural materials –
– Hone your hands-on design skills –
– Create ephemeral installations between public art and land art –
A multidisciplinary, international, multicultural and creative community will gather in Xixinan to create ephemeral installations between public art and land art. These installations will be realized on site with recycled natural materials and inspiration from the ancient village’s unique landscape, culture and traditional crafts.
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 impact 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.
Nightly International Landscape Architecture Seminars and Open Lectures (ILARKS) will open the floor to creative, critical, and constructive debate about contemporary urbanism issues. Above all, the unique setting will allow you 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.
Thousand-year-old village Xixinan
Xixinan, the “village south of the western brook,” has 1,200 years of history and was once known as a hub for great artists, poets, and calligraphers. Ancient Xixinan was famed for its exquisite scenery and rich culture. The village’s location next to the fertile Feng Le River has further cultivated the villagers’ unique relationship with nature, the legacy of which can still be appreciated today.
|Monday | 12.03||REGISTRATION AND OFFICIAL OPENING|
|Afternoon||Arrival @ Turenscape Academy campus before noon
|Evening||Official Opening hosted by Dr. Annacaterina PIRAS
“LWCircus – Operative Shared Program – Design Method Based on Social Practices”
|Form working groups|
|Tuesday | 12.04||TOUR + SURVEY + ATELIER + ILARKS OPEN LECTURES|
|Morning||Xixinan village tour: Heritage & Landscape|
|Afternoon||Local expert seminars / interviews with locals|
|Handcraft Atelier – Wood Carving & Sculpting|
|Wednesday｜12.05||ATELIER + ILARKS OPEN LECTURES|
|Morning||Place & Landscape presentation + Leaders project approaches|
|Afternoon||Working on Projects – Definition of Microdesign|
|Preparation for installations making|
“The future of urban planning in China: a model of evolutionary renewal
|Thursday – Sunday | 12.06 – 12.09||FIELD WORK – REALIZING INSTALLATIONS + ILARKS OPEN LECTURES|
|All day||Realizing Installations|
|Evening||Thursday ILARKS｜Pedro CAMARENA
“LWCircus MayLab018-Official Presentation + La Ruta de l’Amistad Landscape Restoration”
|Friday ILARKS｜Manfredi LEONE
“Land Art in Mediterranean Landscapes”
|Saturday ILARKS｜王芳 Fang Wang
“Art (inRural) and Urban Regeneration.
|Monday｜12.10||INSTALLATIONS OPENING + FINAL TOUR + CLOSING|
|Morning||1st Group: led by Pedro CAMARENA
2nd Group: led by Annacaterina PIRAS
3rd Group: led by Neville MARS
|Critiques by Judges|
|Certificate of Participation Awarding and Closing Ceremony|
Instructors and Speakers
Ph.D. Alghero School of Architecture, University of Sassari
Landscape Architect, Designer
Ph.D. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Founder, MARS Architects, Dynamic City Foundation
Distinguished Guest Speakers and Judges:
Fang Wang 王芳
Founding Partner, Logon Architecture
LandLabPA, DARCH/UNIPA, Universita di Palermo
Ying Xiong 熊瑛
Academic Director, Turenscape Academy
Master of Landscape Architecture, ASU
This workshop welcomes students from all backgrounds, particularly architecture, landscape architecture, design-related fields, environmental science, and ecology/botany. We also encourage students with interests in art, photography, and film production to apply.
Early Bird: RMB 6080 if registering before November 10
Includes: tuition, room and board, workshop materials, 3 credits/100 credit hours from Oxford PPE
Registration Contact Info：
Telephone: 18201521972 / 15712966956
WeChat: Scan QR Codes below for consultation and registration
Ms. Wang Ms. Li
Room and Board：
Accommodations: Wangshan Hostel Standard Double Room*
Meals: Buffet @ Wangshan Hostel
*Single occupancy can be requested at additional cost
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.
Other collaborating and sponsoring organizations：
Le Murate.PAC – RIVA
Comune di FIRENZE
2017 Workshop Highlights