“This man is turning cities into giant sponges to save lives.” - Kongjian Yu, featured in World Economic Forum.
And it all began in just one Chinese city, 20 years ago.
Today, 250 places in the country are working with Kongjian and his team, as well as urban areas everywhere from the US and Russia to Indonesia. — By Joe Myers, WEF
Learn more about Kongjian Yu, his life, work, and thoughts from Urban Research’s latest UR08: Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City (2018), which excerpts and updates Kongjian Yu’s 2003 classic text, The Road to Urban Landscape: A Dialogue with the Mayors, and contains additional, previously unpublished letters to high-ranking officials across the country, including President Xi Jinping.
Excerpts from selected reviews:
Through the letters, essays, and lectures, one gets a sense of how much Yu cares — and how driven he is to undo the unsustainable development patterns that repeat the same destructive errors made in the West over the past 50 years. — BY Jared Green for The American Society of Landscape Architects, The DIRT
Following them are essays by such academics as Thomas J. Campanella, Zhongjie Lin, and Peter G. Rowe. Concluding the book are an interview with Ai Weiwei and maps that show the remarkable extent of Turenscape's projects for Chinese cities -- 48 in Qinhuangdao alone (!), the city where the famous Red Ribbon Park is located. — BY John Hill, A Daily Dose of Architecture.
Letters to the Leaders of China was included in the American Society of Landscape Architects - Best Books of 2018.
Listen to Kongjian Yu interviewed by GSAPP MSAUD student Angela Crisostomo in advance of his Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture at Columbia University.