The Art of Survival: Turenscape Creates Green Infrastructure Through Resilient Wetland Parks

This feature has been created in collaboration with URBANNEXT, a multi-platform aimed at developing, disseminating and distributing content centered on architecture through a focus on the contemporary human milieu and its challenges. Architizer features a weekly discussion from urbanNext’s journals to support its investigation of urban conditions and innovations facing the architectural profession today. "How can you find an artful way to clean the soil? How can you find an artful way to manage the stormwater? I call this the art of survival. Because we are facing the problem of survival," says Yu Kongjian in an interview for urbanNext. Finding ecologically responsible yet "artful" solutions to the current crises of urbanization is the central concern of the landscape architect, founding principal of the Chinese studio Turenscape. For Yu Kongjian, landscape architecture has a powerful role to play in the design our cities, the management of density and the controlling of adverse ecological conditions – flooding, drought, pollution – which can disrupt daily life. While planners and engineers have been designing what he calls "grey infrastructure" — pipelines, highways, power lines — for years, Yu Kongjian believes these services can be provided more holistically by empowering more natural ecological processes, what ...
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