Putting Ideas to Work - Monash Architecture Research Seminar 3

Putting Ideas to Work - Monash Architecture Research Seminar 3

  • 13 October 2020, 1–2pm

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Image: Tursenscape Sponge City

Regeneration of Place: connecting ecology, water, Indigenous ways of knowing, cultural heritage and changing land uses.

Join us to hear from Professor Kongjian Yu in the third Monash Architecture Research Seminar.

Professor Kongjian Yu is a celebrated world leader in ecological planning and design. He is the founder of Turenscape and Turenscape Academy, founder and Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape at Peking University, and Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University. Through his landscape works, Professor Yu reconstructs ecological infrastructure across scales as alternative infrastructure to solve multiple environmental problems and to define a new aesthetic based on ancient, vernacular Chinese culture and agricultural traditions. His ‘sponge city’ approach to urbanism has been implemented in over 200 cities in China and other countries.

“This is what I'm trying to do: reverse the approach to urban and regional development planning.  Conventional planning is based on population growth, and oriented towards economic development. Development becomes the focus. You assign a certain amount of land for development, and new infrastructure that allows for the development. That’s the conventional model of urban planning.  My idea about a negative approach, or reversed approach, is that landscape should lead the way, which means we should plan and design ecological infrastructure. This should be the basis for urban development and occur before other planning is done. This kind of plan safeguards the ecological process and cultural heritage. This means we integrate storm water management systems, flood area, biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage sites, green corridors, etc. All together. We integrate them into a kind of infrastructure.”   The American Society of Landscape Architect, 2017

Nigel Bertram's conversation with Kongjian Yu, will be followed by a live panel discussion with Nigel Bertram, Laura Harper and Brian Martin, and moderated by Naomi Stead

The Panel

Nigel Bertram is Monash Practice Professor of Architecture and a Director of NMBW. His research explores how design processes that engage with the underlying and hybrid nature of water systems in urban environments can better prepare cities for densification and climate dynamics. His recent research is published in the book In Time With Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities, and Infill Typologies Catalogue. In 2019, Nigel led a group of Monash Architecture students on a travelling studio to Turenscape Academy in Anhui Province, where they studied traditional water management and contemporary ‘sponge city’ approaches.

Laura Harper is a practicing architect and lecturer in Monash Architecture. Her architectural and urban research studies material and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes, structures and histories of the both the built and natural worlds. Her current research projects include the Atlas of the Underground that explores the connection between urban form and the natural and/or artificial infrastructures and systems that underly the city, The Theory of Holes that looks at the systematic re-use of ex-mining sites, and Goldrush Urbanism which examines recurring urban patterns in goldfields towns in Victoria.

Brian Martin is MADA’s inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous, and leader of the Wominjeka Djeembana Lab that articulates the synergies between Indigenous ways of knowing with practice led research. Brian is descendant of the Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples, and is a practising artist in the media of painting and drawing. His research and practice focus on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian is an author of the Indigenous Design Charters (Australian and International), which are protocol documents for respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice.

Naomi Stead is Professor and Head of Department in Architecture at Monash, and co-founder of Parlour: women, equity, architecture. Her research interests lie in architecture’s cultures of re/production, mediation and reception. She is an award-winning and widely published architecture critic, having written more than fifty commissioned feature and review articles in professional magazines over the past decade, and is presently a columnist for the San Francisco–based Places Journal, where she writes essays on concepts and mythologies within and without architecture.

Forthcoming Seminar

  • Seminar 4: Tuesday 17 November 1–2pm on Zoom
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