Related Staff : Bin Jiang, Dorothy Tang
This studio investigated the social, economic and environmental impacts caused by the rapid growth of the electronic industry in the PRD. We explored how landscape and urban design can facilitate new regional visions of the ecological and social environment that can be realized at the material scale, working simultaneously at multiple scales. The course unfolded in three stages: first was to understand the regional geographies of electronics industries by tracking the components and lifecycle of a smart phone; in the second stage, we conducted structured interviews and fieldwork for sites in the PRD heavily intertwined with the electronic industry; in the third stage, we developed planning and design strategies and techniques to promote healthy landscape and healthy people at the site and material scale. Taking Guiyu in the Guangdong Province as a potential site, we explored Guiyu Township in Guangdong Province and the serious environment problems caused by the illegal e-waste business. The studio explored how landscape and urban design can facilitate new visions of the ecological and social environment. Students’ primary entry point into the project was through observing the daily life of ordinary residents in Guiyu and how their lives were intertwined with the e-waste industry and addressed some of the difficult issues they have been confronted with. In this class, we worked together to identify four thematic problems and develop design interventions to address each problem. Students used the preliminary themes as the beginning. Then they worked on the thematic design interventions from a variety of aspects, including new industry, pollution treatment, preservation of cultural heritage, greenway design, etc. Each team generated adaptable site-scale landscape design projects reflecting their theme.