A bosom friend afar brings distant land near. The Oversea album shares the lives of Chinese living abroad with all. The No.108 episode is about Nandi Yang who graduated from University of Pennsylvania and is now working for SWA Group LA office.
Why going abroad?
Landscape Architecture was formed and well developed in United States, hope to know more about this industry in US: what people are learning, discussing and creating these days.
What impressed you the most when you are abroad?
We had a special studio meeting when Donald Trump was elected to be the president of United States in 2017, many of our classmates cried in the meeting. They are so worried and thinking Trump’s presidency will destroy the many basics also the future of the country. We also received email from the University saying that special mental assistance will be available for this period of hard time.
I can feel the patriotism from them, how they truly believe the country belongs to every citizen. That was a very touching moment. I can feel my connections to my country is getting stronger too.
What do you miss the most about China?
Family, friends, food.
Will you come back? Why?
Short term goal is to keep practicing in US, long term goal is more towards the bright future in China market.
Is it more distinct to view China in a different environment after going abroad? Any thought?
From a landscape architect point of view: The landscape industry in US is mature but at the same time the market is saturated, not many public spaces available. Also due to the complexity of regulations, a public project normally takes years to be built.
The landscape market is booming in China, government is executing Eco Cities policies really well, people has more and more attention and needs on public spaces. Landscape designers can be involved in many large scale, important, high profile projects. And all projects get built very fast. Now there are many opportunities in the country.
What are the educational characteristics of your school?
“Think Big” is the keep concept of Penn design landscape education. Training the students to think the landscape in a city, regional, national even global scale. Up side of the education is it will help students to understand design logic, research and landscape design system. Down side is the education is not so much about personalities, not many courses for students to form their own design philosophy.
What are the characteristics and interesting points of your firm?
More exposure and fast growth. The management in our office is flat and relatively flexible. I can work directly with principals in many projects, can be part of design conversations, also be involved in different phases of design, from early marketing proposal to construction coordination.
Project diversity, location, type and scale. We have projects from middle east to Europe, from china to US, from residential in downtown LA to civic park in Rotterdam. Big variety of projects in the office and we have the opportunity to join the team/project we would like to work on.
Occasionally field trips organized by the office. We have been to large nursery for plant materials learning, to almost finished construction site to see complicated concrete works. Many fun knowledges learned in those trips.
Who is your favorite artist (in wider range such as art, music, movie)? What is the influence?
另外两个很喜欢的插画家是Benedetto Cristofani 和 Shohei Otomo。他们习惯用批判性的思维来看待世界。对世界有自己的政治态度，敢于发声。
Recently I love illustration work of Bianca Bagnarelli. She is great at capturing details in life, usually have her own special perspective over common senses. Very intriguing.
I also love Benedetto Cristofani and Shohei Otomo’s work. They used to see the world in a critical eye, they have their own political attitude and dare to speak up.
What fascinates viewers the most in your portfolio in your opinion?
Love to think about design possibility under uncertainty, speculative design. For example， design potential under extreme depopulation scenario in Japan, landscape potential under unsuccessful scenario of urban design projects (In one word, daydreaming).
When did you start to follow gooood? Any suggestions?
gooood was my inspiration since 2012. Hope to see more landscape designers, projects, competitions, materials, researches, stories. Wish all the best in the future!
W O R K
Instructor: Christopher Marcinkoski
Food in Japanese culture is both central, and highly valued. Products like Wagyu Beef, Tuna and Matsutake mushrooms can often command seemingly obscene price levels both in Japan and abroad. Yet these days, more than 70% of the country’s food is imported from the US, China and Europe. For some, this is a cultural crisis. For others, it is a national security risk.
In the extreme condition of the “compact city” policy proposed by Japan’s government, the country’s remaining populations will move to only 3 mega cities—Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya. In turn, because of the massive amount of land that has become de-urbanized, Japan will be able to produce and export their well-known luxury food within this massive amount of vacant land.
This project endeavors to visualize the relationship between people, nature and mechanized luxury agriculture.
▼地图 – 东京，map – Tokyo
整个studio分成了三个部分：图像，造物，系统。这3个是独立或连续的篇章。图纸表现形式是对插画家Shohei Otomo的作品Onsen Geisha Table Tennis进行学习并转化成整个项目的图纸表现语言。
The studio was devided in 3 parts: Image, Artifact, and System. These 3 can be either consistent or seperate. For visualization, I started from a study of Onsen Geisha Table Tennis, art work from Shohei Otomo, looking for contemporary Japanese visual art and try to utilize it in my whole project.
visual reference – Shohei Otomo
For the whole project, I started from a government plan called “Compact City”, a generic strategy with no spatial reference. I tried to understand and visualize what does “Compact City” means and what new kind of urban form might come up with it.
Wagyu, always believe as best quality beef in the world require a lot of care and huge amount of land. Use machine to nurture wagyu on the future vacant land, we will be able to witness mass produced quality beef in the future.
Tuna, a giant fish which needs to continuously swim to help them get oxygen from the ocean, also seem as a delicious food in Japan for centuries. Might be possible to farm with massive vacant land.
Matsutake, an expensive mushroom can only grow on roots of pines, with specific amount of water and sunshine. 40 years later, this luxury agricultural production can also be merchandized.
Grid to grid
Instructor: Megan Borne
Collaborator: Qi Wang
Our planning area, 400-acre post-industrial site, is at the Port of Los Angeles, adjacent to the community of San Pedro. The area is currently been filled with several disconnected programs, though it will no longer be used for direct maritime shipping related activities. Concensus around a longer-term vision for the property has yet to be reached.
According to the conditions and questions raised in the study area, we try to propose an experimental urban design to experiment both interim and longer-term innovations in waterfront urban form and use. Basically, we use nursery as our drive, which can be place holder at the first phase, then will be transformed to different public space depends on development intensity and programs nearby.
▼规则与诱因，Rules and incentives
▼场地更新前后，the post-industrial site before and after renewal
我们开发了3组不同的建筑群，并由5个公共空间进行激活。每个集群来源于圣佩德罗镇和港口的现有功能体块。北部集群时现有社会保障性住房的延伸；中间的集群是Port O’ Call渔村的延伸，南部集群是现有市场和阿尔塔海项目的延伸。
We developed 3 different clusters of buildings anchored by 5 public spaces. Program of each cluster comes from existing program in San Pedro and Port. The northern cluster is extension of existing social housings; the middle cluster is the extension of Port O’ Call fish village; the southern cluster is the extension of existing market and Alta Sea project.
▼苗圃01：公共空间，nursery 01: public space
▼苗圃02：市民中心，nursery 02: civic center
▼苗圃03：连接器&城市农场，nursery 03: connector & urban farm
▼苗圃04：滨水空间，nursery 04: waterfront
▼苗圃05：市场&体育场，nursery 05: market & sport fields
Dubai Creek Harbor
This is the first large scale project I was involved after I joined SWA Group. Doing middle east project is also about learning middle east culture: even is building a whole new island, Emaar really value traditional culture and the culture elements like traditional patterns, rhythm, color and mathematical curves in design projects. Work with rich middle east developer is also very fun experience, they might only like very specific design, but once they like it, they can build everything you modeled in computer.
▼码头结构鸟瞰，terminus structure aerial
▼结构模型，terminus structure model
迪拜河港是迪拜控股公司和 Emaar Properties 的联合大型项目。这个总体规划的滨水开发项目将在未来10到15年内建成，沿Ras Al Khor路拥有比迪拜市中心更大的土地面积。建成后，该地区将包括商业、休闲和住宅区。目标是提供便利的设施和更高质量新生活方式。我们负责其中迪拜河港岛的规划和景观设计。
Dubai Creek Harbour is a joint large-scale project between Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties. Set to be built over the next 10 to 15 years this master-planned water-front development along Ras Al Khor Road has a larger land area then Downtown Dubai. Once completed the area will encompass commercial, leisure and residential neighborhoods that will enjoy a new level of record-breaking amenities and lifestyle quality. We were in charge of landscape planning and design for the Dubai Creek Harbour island.
▼建造过程，terminus structure construction
Shenzhen Bay Plaza competition
Participated in several competition and projects after starting my career, Shenzhen Bay plaza was one of it. Through the rea-world projects, I gradually found the balance between self-expression and meeting public needs.
The site located on the central Houhai area, the core node of Shenzhen Mountain- Ocean corridor, and an important location in a larger context of Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Great Bay Area. This 97,000 m2 waterfront plaza, together with the museum conplex on site, Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum + Shenzhen Creative Design Hall, designed by MAD, aims to become new culture and creativity hub in the Great Bay Area.
▼深圳湾广场鸟瞰，Shenzhen Bay Plaza aerial view
Collaborator: Qiaoqi Dai, Zhoufei Zhu
Architecture Design: Jianing Zhang, Lin Hu, Ziwei Song
Memorial park is a special type of landscape, and like literature, it needs creator to bring in personal emotions. If you want your audience to have empathy, designers also need empathy, first enter this emotional state.
2014年4月16日上午，MV Sewol轮渡在从仁川前往济州的途中沉没； 304 名乘客在灾难中丧生，其中包括约 250 名来自檀原高中的学生。面对悲惨的船难事件，设计团队避免用过于简单和符号性的方式来直接给出设计结论。我们相信 416 纪念公园应该更开放，拥抱并保留那些亡者的记忆，通过身体和精神上的联系，将受害者和公众，死亡和生命，创伤记忆和家紧紧相系。
On the morning of 16 April 2014, the MV Sewol ferry sank when en route from Incheon towards Jeju; 304 passengers died in the disaster, including ~250 students from Danwon High School. Facing the tragic and significant event head on, the design team proposes to avoid providing a simple and symbolic physical gesture in which expresses a conclusive attitude. We believe 416 memorial park should embrace, and persist the ongoing memories of those lost through connecting, both physically and spiritually, the victims and the public, death and life, the traumatic memory and home.
▼第一章：归家的记忆，Chapter 1: Homing Memory
The bones of this agenda Homing Memory, are two crossed axes: Axis of Memory, navigating the public through the moment of tragedy, and Axis back Home, leading the lost lives back to their families. The two axes lie on a common Shared Ground blending into the surrounding urban landscape.
Axis of Memory marks the nautical direction of Sewol ferry at the moment of capsize. Manifesting itself in the architectural built form, axis of memory brings visitors to experience the traumatic memory of April 16th; bridging public recognition and the contemplative views of negligence behind the event. Axis back Home points from the Sewol sinking location to Danwon High School. It emerges as a place for mourning and commemoration, connecting death with present life; a place to ease the pain and raise hope for a better future. The periphery is a vegetated park, a Shared Ground for related commemoration, discussion and activity. It meshes the grave and solemn memorial spaces with people’s daily life in Hwarang Park and the surrounding city. Cultural events and the natural landscape come together, encouraging public engagement and participation.
▼第二章：纪念公园，Chapter 2: Memorial Park
▼第三章：纪念馆，Chapter 3: Memorial Hall
Instructor: Keith Van dersys
Collaborator: Bo Dong, Aaron King
The Delaware River is an important habitat for migrating fish. Migrating fish have not always found the Philadelphia’s portion of the Delaware sufficiently hospitable. Destruction of their natural habitat through construction, pollution, and general disturbance caused a steep decline in their presence. Policies to combat these deterrents were enacted and fish populations have rebounded dramatically.
▼为洄游鱼类建造新的生物栖息地，to construct new, biological habitat for migrating fish
There is still more that can be done to achieve suitable conditions for migrating fish to lay eggs, as outlined in a recent report by the Philadelphia Water Department. One recommendation to come out of the report is to construct new, biological habitat for migrating fish (i.e. wetlands).
▼水文和风力分析，water and wind analysis
Our project investigates an option for a non-biological habitat. This habitat, what we’ve termed “fish umbrella” network, benefits fish by offering niches and slowing down water. It also has advantage of indexing the river’s processes more overtly than a wetland. These processes include the tide as well as high and low velocity water.
Instructor: Valerio Morabito
这是一个训练我们用手来进行思考和用眼睛来发现自己画作潜力的过程。花了整个学期探索 3 种不同类型的城市：蓝色城市、棕色城市和水城。我们从一些记录特定时刻的速写开始，然后用想象把所有时刻联系起来，并以此发掘自己独特的绘画表现形式。我的个人绘画主题是瞬间和联系。
A great exercise for using our hand to think and using our eyes to see the potential of our drawing. Spent whole semester exploring 3 different type of city: blue city, brown city and water city. We started from quick sketch of specific moments then connect all the moments with our imagination, finally find our own way of representation. My personal interest is moments and connections.
▼蓝色城市、棕色城市和水城，blue city, brown city and water city