Natural processes as means to create local connection: Explorative drawings for a Chinese neighbourhood

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskning

Resumé

Contemporary large scale residential developments in China are often built up in a tabula rasa fashion, with little consideration to natural and cultural landscapes. Site-specific readings also turn into a difficult endeavor since socio-cultural patterns in China are under rapid transformation, a particular challenge for foreign architects as they operate in an unfamiliar context. A deep understanding of how to apply natural processes to construction and settlement patterns can be found in Chinese vernacular approaches but are rarely practiced today since architects in general lack more profound and practical knowledge about how to apply natural processes to planning. This paper investigates how natural process thinking caters for a connection to the local and the site-specific in a Chinese context of transformation. Natural process thinking as a site-based urban design approach is understood as a sensitive reading and response to a site’s topography, hydrology, climate and ecology. The paper is based on a study of Chinese vernacular settlements and a series of explorative drawing proposals for a new residential neighbourhood in the outskirts of the Chinese city Wuhan. Natural processes are revealed and utilized conceptually within the Wuhan project by mapping-techniques and environmental simulation software. The result gives implications concerning method development for architects as how to develop design concepts based on natural process thinking. Furthermore, the result shows that natural processes act as a viable strategy to identify and develop inherent qualities of an existing site.

Natural processes, neighbourhood planning, vernacular landscapes, environmental practice, urban strategy
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelAs Found : Proceedings. World in Denmark Conference 17th - 18th June 2010
RedaktørerEllen Braae, Svava Riesto
Antal sider2
Udgivelses stedKøbenhavn
ForlagWorld in Denmark conference
Publikationsdato2010
Sider7-8
StatusUdgivet - 2010
Begivenhed6th World in Denmark conference, 2010 - København, Danmark
Varighed: 17 jun. 201018 jun. 2010

Konference

Konference6th World in Denmark conference, 2010
LandDanmark
ByKøbenhavn
Periode17/06/201018/06/2010

Emneord

  • byplanlægning
  • landskabsplanlægning
  • bæredygtighed
  • økologi
  • kina
  • proces og metode

Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV)

  • Nej

Citer dette

Sjøstedt, V. (2010). Natural processes as means to create local connection: Explorative drawings for a Chinese neighbourhood. I E. Braae, & S. Riesto (red.), As Found: Proceedings. World in Denmark Conference 17th - 18th June 2010 (s. 7-8). København: World in Denmark conference.
Sjøstedt, Victoria. / Natural processes as means to create local connection : Explorative drawings for a Chinese neighbourhood. As Found: Proceedings. World in Denmark Conference 17th - 18th June 2010. red. / Ellen Braae ; Svava Riesto. København : World in Denmark conference, 2010. s. 7-8
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Sjøstedt, V 2010, Natural processes as means to create local connection: Explorative drawings for a Chinese neighbourhood. i E Braae & S Riesto (red), As Found: Proceedings. World in Denmark Conference 17th - 18th June 2010. World in Denmark conference, København, s. 7-8, 6th World in Denmark conference, 2010, København, Danmark, 17/06/2010.

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As Found: Proceedings. World in Denmark Conference 17th - 18th June 2010. red. / Ellen Braae; Svava Riesto. København : World in Denmark conference, 2010. s. 7-8.

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