Turenscape Academy welcomes architecture students from Monash University for a design practice in Exploring Traditional Water Management & Water-sensitive Urbanism.
Xixinan village tour
Upon arrival, they had an extensive tour of Xixinan (pronounced “See See Nun”), the 1,200 year-old village in Anhui province, China. A very unique and untouched gem, Xixinan offers a tranquil environment where villagers leave their doors open while others do their washing in the stream nearby. Wu Mansion, the Ming-era architecture of a rich merchant displays the grandeur of Hui architecture.
▲Wu Mansion and Emerald Pavilion
▲Prof. Yu at the Red Pavilion, a contemporary art piece designed by LWC.
Monash students together with MLA students from Peking University were treated to an all-day river hike led by Professor of Peking University College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and founder of Turenscape and Turenscape Academy, Prof, Yu Kongjian. The hike took us to key sources of ancient wisdom in water management.
▲River hike begins here
▲Delicious lunch – from farm to table
Xixinan’s strategic location near the Feng Le River has cultivated the villagers’ unique water intelligence since pre-Song Dynasty eras, around A.D. 500. Even before the village was fully developed, dams were constructed to prevent floods in rainy seasons and act as reservoirs in times of drought. The Old Stone Dam and the ingenious Thunder Dam were constructed in A.D. 527 and 1278 respectively, and both are still used for water management today.
▲Along Feng Le River and Fengyang Forest
▲Students and staff from Peking University and Monash University
Evening lectures by Prof. Yu and Prof. Bertram
Led by Prof. Nigel Bertram, students will research heritage villages in Xixinan, Hongcun and Chengkan in Anhui, China with a focus on traditional ways of living with water and sustainable water management. They will also visit award-winning Sponge City sites in Jinhua, Zhejiang, China. Drawings made at Turenscape Academy will become part of an exhibition and catalogue to be produced in Melbourne, Australia.
Founding Director, NMBW Architecture Studio
Practice Professor in Architecture, Monash University
PhD, RMIT University
Nigel has taught at Monash and RMIT Universities for over 20 years, and is currently a Design Review Panel member for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. He has authored a number of research publications, most recently Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment. Nigel has a range of experience working with government and university bodies at different scales on NMBW’s urban and institutional projects.
Doctor of Design, Harvard GSD
Doctor Honoris Causa in Landscape and Environment, the Sapienza University of Rome
Honorary Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, Peking University
Professor, College of Architecture and Landscape, Peking University
He is the founder of Turenscape, one of the first and largest private architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism practices in China. His pioneering research on the ‘ecological security patterns’ and ‘sponge cities’ have been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning, eco-city campaign, and urban ecological restoration. He has won numerous international awards for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, including twelve ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Excellence and Honor Awards, a ULI (Urban Land Institute) Global Award of Excellence in 2009, and four World Best Landscape Awards at the World Architecture Festival (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015).