Yongjie Sha is Associate Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Space, Tongji University. He received his Doctorate on Architectural History from Tongji University and his MDES from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Sha’s research and practice focus on the regeneration of Chinese cities under the current urbanization background and based on Asian urbanism study. Sha studied in Tokyo in the late 1990s, taught urban design studio at Pavia University, Italy as Visiting Professor and was Visiting Associate Professor of the National University of Singapore (2010-2012). Sha teaches urban design at Tongji University and meanwhile closely works with city authorities consulting on urban plan issues and urban renewal projects across China. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Urban Space and Conservation Board of Shanghai Urban Planning Committee. His publications include Designing the American City (2004, bilingual, co-authored with Richard Marshall), Shanghai Wukang Road: A Historical Approach to Urban Regeneration (2009, in Chinese, co-authored with Yan Ji and Zonghao Qian) and Towards A New Chinese Urbanity: Urban Design Concept of Shui On Land Developments (2010, in Chinese).
Jiang Wu is professor of architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, where he received his B. Arch, M. Arch and Doctorate in Architectural History, and became a faculty member in 1986. His research efforts cover the history of architecture and the city, urban planning and design, especially concentrating on Shanghai. He served as the Deputy Director of the Shanghai Urban Planning and Administration Bureau from 2003 to 2008. Since 2008 he has been the Vice President of Tongji University. He is a board member of the Architecture Society of China, the Deputy President of Architectural Society of Shanghai and a member of the Chinese Historical City Conservation Commission. His publications include A History of Shanghai Architecture 1840-1949(second version, 2008), Conservation Planning and Administration on Shanghai Historical and Cultural Areas (2007) and Education of Modern Architecture in China 1920-1980 (2008).
Yan Ji is principal architect and urban designer at Vangel Planning and Design (Shanghai). She received her MArch. from Dalian University of Technology, China and MSc. in the direction of sustainable built environment from University College London, UK. She is a LEED accredited professional by USGBC and Class 1 Registered Architect of China, also having considerable architectural practice experience in China, US and Singapore. Besides design and consulting practice, she has been equally devoted to the research side of sustainable building design and urban design. She has published books and journal articles in the areas of sustainable design, urban design and urban studies.
Sara Li Ting Chan received her Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) and Master of Architecture with a specialisation in Urban Design from the National University of Singapore. She was an architecture student tutored by Professor Yongjie Sha working on the research from Dec 2010 to Oct 2012 in Singapore and Shanghai, and presently works in Singapore as an architect.
Wei Qi Lim received her Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) and Master of Architecture with a specialisation in Urban Design from the National University of Singapore. She was an architecture student tutored by Professor Yongjie Sha working on the research from Dec 2010 to Oct 2012 in Singapore and Shanghai, and presently works in Singapore as an architect and planner in government service.
To “condemn the reality” of global urbanization “is fruitless”, writes Johannes Fiedler in this unlimited view of a world of constant motion, subject no longer to just its planetary rotations, but also to the constant push and pull of its various populations, some of whose giant constructions shift the earth’s axis.
From the foreword by Lars Lerup
This book provides a valuable insight into landscaping activity worldwide by those tasked with housing, feeding and nurturing all species that share the planet. Research for this publication reveals the growth of non-anthropized design philosophies, acknowledging that humanity cannot be indefinitely sustained if animal, bird and plant life are excluded. The precious resources of water and the air that we breathe are no longer taken for granted; rivers flowing through the world’s mega-cities are now being cleaned, restored and given pride of place in the landscapes they flow through. Conservation projects provide evidence that even fragile island and desert landscapes can be protected from the negative impacts of population. Eco-Landscape Design demonstrates that an intelligent and thoughtful approach to landscape design can not only ensure survival, it can reap compound benefits and rewards far in excess of those originally envisaged.