The Ecological Urbanism Collaboration EUC is a collaboration between the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape. The two universities, which have a history of cooperation and interaction among their faculty and students, established the trans-disciplinary collaborative program in September 2014.
The world is currently facing many ecological challenges relating to questions of scarcity of resources, pollution, climate change, and risk. Chinese cities face a particular set of challenges, but also distinct opportunities. Future development should minimize disruption to the environment, reduce visual and other forms of pollution, respect marine life, natural resources, topography, and vegetation, and incorporate sustainable technologies that are integrated with the landscape and with local lifestyles and industries.
The EUC is looking at cities throughout China located in different geographic, climatic, cultural, and economic regions in order to build up a catalogue of cities. Through a method of city comparison, the ultimate goal of the collaborative project is to achieve a better understanding of alternative modes of developing and planning a more resilient future for Chinese cities, including questions of waste, energy, air pollution, and building design. These alternative futures will be outlined in publications arising from the multi-year study. The collaborative project has two main components: Research and Education.
The first component is a research program that studies the unique environmental, social, legal, and economic challenges of Chinese urbanization. Researchers investigate cities and towns, including landscape architecture and urbanism, urban infrastructures, and green buildings and sustainability, with a view toward producing scenarios that guide the future. Specific recommendations will consider the distinct ecologies (environmental, social and aesthetic) of specific cities.
The research, which will include extensive consultations with institutional partners and the public in Chinese cities, will address the following topics, with issues relating to health central to each of them:
1. Regeneration, focusing on cities at multiple scales
2. Future of new towns
3. Pollution and healthy cities, including research on aging and urbanization
4. Urban infrastructure and the future of public space
5. Designed ecologies, testing and gathering data for the designed green city and landscapes
The research has three main phases which may operate simultaneously: Fieldwork; Designing Scenarios; and Implementation.
Beginning in summer 2016, a core team of researchers led by faculty members from both universities will conduct extensive fieldwork in China. Analytic drawings and maps will be created to investigate the numerous environmental, economic, geographic and social ecologies of urbanization.
The design and development of scenarios, including design and planning principles will be based on the research undertaken.
The design and planning principles and future scenarios will be translated into prospective projects.
The second component of the project concerns education. The EUC provides a forum to develop skill sets to oversee the stewardship of urbanization in the future. The EUC facilitates a platform for faculty, fellows, and students to teach or conduct research in a Chinese context. The pedagogical elements may include symposiums, workshops, research scholarships, student internships, lecture series, seminar courses, and design studios. In addition, Chinese cities will form the basis of case studies to be referenced in the teaching and publications of both universities.
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Ecological Urbanism Collaboration
5 Summer Palace Road
Peking University, College of Architecture and Landscape
Red Building No. 4
Haidian District, Beijing, China
Tel. +86 139-1145-6012