“Turen (Earth-Man/Natives), act in the name of the Heaven and as the messengers of the spirits of our native forebears. Armed with modern technology, Turen observes the phenomenon up in the sky and the patterns down on the earth; follow the natural and social processes so that man, nature and the spirits can be understood as one.”
Walking in Turenscape in Beijing for the first time, I encountered the mission statement of the company (above). Little did I know at the time about the effect that these words would have in my understanding of landscape.
Turenscape is a large, continually expanding, award winning company of landscape architecture that works on a wide variety of projects, at many scales, and in many different environments. The principal designer, Dr Yu Kongjian, who is also Professor and Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Peking University, gave me this unique opportunity to experience the professional reality in China. As my time working in Turenscape was spent in large part designing, I feel my greatest strength wasin bringing creativity and a fresh perspective from an outside culture into the studio; it was then that I came to my understanding of landscape as “the speeding up and slowing down of natural processes”, and that the role of plants in the landscape is to help pace the natural processes through the way they can affect ecosystem functions. It is the most amazing thing working in Turen as a young architect (continue reading) →