Kongjian Yu-Shenyang Architecture Unversity Campus


The image on top was taken at the Shenyang University of Architecture in Shenyang city, Liaoning Province, China. The university was established in downtown 1948, but due to overcrowding in its original location it was then moved to the suburbs. The new design had some limitations which were formal agricultural use, small budget, and a short timeline. Kongjian Yu was the designer for the new campus and had to work with only a few months to finish the project. In China, landscape architects’ obligation is to address the fact that food production and sustainable land use is a survival issue. The image above shows the productive rice fields that were proposed and chosen as the theme for the campus. Chinese culture is brought to life when the students participate in planting and harvesting festivals at the university. The landscape is not only productive by providing food for China but it is also an environment for learning for the students and the faculty as well. This form of landscape architecture will most certainly inspire other landscape architects to do the same.


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