WWTI: [SJTU] Resilient Urban Landscape

APRU SCL Webinar & Landscape Architects’ Forum

Academic Forum Series in Celebration of SJTU 126th Anniversary

WWTI: [SJTU] Resilient Urban Landscape

Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Date & Time: April 8, 2022 from 12:00noon – 1:30PM (Shanghai Time) Check your local time

The continuous impact of climate change and the crisis of biodiversity loss have forced global cities to rethink how to build more adaptable and resilient green infrastructure. The core idea of resilient city spatial development is to use multiple-scale planning and design approaches to enhance the stability of urban ecosystems, to promote citizens’ health and well-being, to increase wildlife habitats, and to resist unexpected impinges on the urban environment. Regional scale ecological space planning is as important as plant configuration within private gardens. Resilient urban landscape requires multiple perspective considerations, such as to enroll advanced technologies for spatial identification, evaluation, simulation and management, as well as human and artistic factors in sustaining social cohesion. This webinar is therefore intended to explore the role of spatial planning and design to establish urban open space with climate adaptability, rainwater infiltration and accumulation, and historical and cultural characteristics. Through sharing the research and practical experience in the United States, Australia and China, it will discuss the understanding of respecting nature, humanistic care, technological innovation and artistic creativity in the process of developing resilient cities.

The event is held in celebration of the 126th anniversary of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, as well as a member of APRU. It is intended to align with universities, professional associations and practices to call for global attention to environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss may bring significant influences on urban ecological civilization, and suggests to seek innovative solutions with international perspective and local characteristics through international cooperation and communication.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Bart Johnson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
    Title: Creating and Sustaining Climate-Resilient Cities
  • Jams Hayter, IFLA President, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Adeleide
  • Che Shengquan, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Title: Design Theory and Case Study of Resilient Landscape in Sponge City

Host: Ruan Xing, Dean and Guangqi Chair Professor of Architecture, School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Worldwide Teach-In

APRU is a strategic partner with Bard College to help mobilize 1000 communities, in-person and online, in a one-day WORLDWIDE Teach-In on climate solutions and justice on March 30, 2022.

Webinar Recording and Presentations

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Bart Johnson
Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

Dr. Bart Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. He is international steering committee chair for the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (https://apru-scl.uoregon.edu/) of APRU. He was the lead editor of the 2002 book Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning, that brought together landscape architects and ecologists to build bridges between the two disciplines. He also was the University of Oregon lead for an international consortium on urban ecology education and has taught ecological design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

James Hayter
IFLA President, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Adeleide

James Hayter is the Founding Director of Oxigen, a landscape architecture and urban design practice in Adelaide, South Australia, and currently serves as Professor in Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide as well as leading his design practice. He currently served as president of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) since July, 2018. IFLA represents 76 national member associations of landscape architecture worldwide, including the Chinese Society of Landscape Architects (CHSLA).

Che Shengquan
Professor of Landscape Architecture, Associate Dean of School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

Che Shengquan, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Associate Dean of School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Professor of China Institute for Urban Governance, Chinese Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Urban Eco-Development and Innovation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Director of Sustainable Ecological Design Center, Deputy director of Key Lab. of Urban Agriculture of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. My main research interests are the urban ecosystem services and ecological planning, sponge city and climate adaptative city, ecological restoration design and carbon neutral design.



Anya Wong
Program Officer
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