Welcome to our online lecture series.
LIFE ON THE EDGE LECTURE #6
PLACE KEEPING AND THE LOCALIST AGENDA: TEETERING ON THE EDGE?
BY NICOLA DEMPSEY
Local, resilient, sustainable landscapes – exciting buzzwords which we forget to use at our peril these days. But what do they mean in practice? How does it affect what people do who are involved in creating, sustaining, retaining such landscapes? Within the context of place-keeping***, this seminar calls on the recently-completed MP4 research project which examined how long-term and responsive management is shaped, helped and hindered by processes of partnership, governance and policy. The seminar will call broadly on the management of Sheffield’s River Don as an illustrative case study.
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Dr Nicola Dempsey is a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape whose academic life here in Sheffield started on the MP4 project.
PAST AND CURRENT PROJECTS INCLUDING PLANNING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF JIANG LAKE, BAILANG RIVER CORRIDOR AND THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE LONGMEN GROTTOES
Binyi Liu, Ph.D., Hon. ASLA, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Landscape Studies of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai.
He is Director of the Landscape Science Research Institute, Deputy Director of the Education Committee for the Professional Bachelor Degree of Landscape Architecture of the Department of Construction of China, Vice President of the Society of Landscape Architecture of Shanghai, Vice Director of the Editor Committee of the Chinese Landscape Architecture Magazine and Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
During the past 28 years, he directed and completed 7 research projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 5 research projects at national level, more than 230 real-world landscape planning and design projects, urban design and tourism development as well as supervised 22 Ph.D. and 120 post-graduate students.
LIFE ON THE EDGE LECTURE #4
SOCIAL INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION: IMPACTS ON SKATEBOARDERS' USE OF URBAN OPEN SPACE
BY HELEN WOOLLEY
Skateboarding has had waves of popularity since its origins on the west coast of America in the 1950s when surfers looked for alternatives when the sea was flat. Over this time different approaches have been taken which support, allow or control skateboarding in the built environment. This seminar will explore some of the issues about the open spaces that skateboarders choose to use together with the reasons for and mechanisms by which they are excluded from some open spaces.
Helen Woolley is one of a limited number of people in the world who has researched skateboarders and their use of open spaces. Her interest in skateboarders spun off from her early research about children and young people's use and perception of town centres. The interest has continued over a period of years and has engaged Masters students in dissertations and resulted in published papers. This research contributes to a developing bigger picture of how children and young people are controlled in the outdoor environment.
LIFE ON THE EDGE LECTURE #2
CHINESE URBAN DESIGN: THE TYPOMORPHOLOGICAL APPROACH
BY FEI CHEN
The seminar targets the identity crisis of Chinese traditional cities offering in response an analytic and conceptual framework recognising the progressive nature of the city and the local tradition providing the tools needed to make culturally responsive evaluation of urban settings and guide design.
Fei Chen is a lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Liverpool. Research interests lie in typomorphology and cultural-socially sustainable urban development through design, particularly how urban design can facilitate sustainable urban development.
LIFE ON THE EDGE LECTURE #1
SOCIALLY RESTORATIVE URBANISM
BY KEVIN THWAITES & ALICE MATHERS
Socially Restorative Urbanism lays foundations for new ways of thinking about the relationship between urban spatial structure and social processes, re-introducing a more explicit human dimension into the decisions we make when shaping our urban habitat. It integrates two new concepts: the transitional edge - a socio-spatial concept of the urban realm; and experiemics – a participative process that acts to redress imbalances in territorial relationships.
Dr Kevin Thwaites teaches and researches socially responsive landscape architecture and urban design. Research interests centre on how spatial and experiential dimensions of urban life converge to influence human psychological health and well-being. Dr Alice Mathers’ work is driven by an interdisciplinary approach to people-environment interactions, which straddles the academic boundaries of landscape architecture, planning, sociology, disability studies, human geography and environmental psychology.
SHAN-SHUI CITY: EXPLORING SUSTAINABLE CITY DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA
After working for Sasaki Associates (http://www.sasaki.com) as senior landscape architect for eight years, and winning the competition for the Beijing Olympic Forest Park he joined the Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute in 2003 as the director and chief designer.
BEAUTIFUL BIG FEET TOWARD A NEW LANDSCAPE AESTHETIC
Kongjian Yu is one of the most influential landscape architects / landscape planners. He has received numerous awards for his innovative projects in landscape and urbanism in major cities around the world. Among his most acclaimed projects are Houtan Park for Shanghai Expo, the Red Ribbon Park in Qinhuangdao and Shipyard Park in Zhongshan.