Faculty Present in China + Brazil

Assistant Professor Guoping Huang and Professor Iñaki Alday were recently invited to be keynote lecturers at the IDEA-KING, 2017 International Landscape Planning and Design Conference and Expo, held in Chongqing, China. Guoping Huang spoke about Geodesign and urban renewal, focusing on how geospatial technology helps protect important river views during urban renewal along the James River in Richmond, VA. Iñaki Alday presented Cities and Rivers, a talk focusing on the experience of his design practice, aldayjover, in the integration of infrastructures in public space. Alday also participated in a critical workshop in Manaus (Brazil) on the urban transformation of the capital of Amazonia. The workshop was organized by the World Bank Urban Resilience Group. Professor Alday was invited to shape the scope and direction of The Plan Manaus 2030 addressing sewage and drainage infrastructures, mobility, urban quality, social housing, and public facilities.

IDEA-KING, the 2017 International Landscape Planning and Design Conference and Expo, held in Chongqing, on November 17-19, 2017, aims to enhance the exchange of international approaches to landscape architecture through its theme, Urban Renewal and Cultural Inheritance. The conference will highlight the best of landscape design in China and beyond, while promoting design that is at the forefront of the next century of global, ecological, and humanistic environments.

Directed by the National Ethnic Affairs Commission (and organized by the Ai Jing Awards Committee, the China National Building Research Association, and the Beijing Green Building Industry Alliance, amongst others), UVA School of Architecture is pleased to announced that two of its faculty, Assistant Professor Guoping Huang and Professor Iñaki Alday, have been invited to share their current design research and projects at the conference as keynote lecturers. Guoping Huang will speak about Geodesign and urban renewal, focusing on how geospatial technology helps protect important river views during urban renewal along the James River in Richmond, VA.

Iñaki Alday will present Cities and Rivers, a talk focusing on the experience of his design practice, aldayjover, in the integration of infrastructures in public space. This work seeks a new relationship between cities and rivers under current climate-based and social challenges. He will also speak about his internationally-recognized pan-university research, the Yamuna River Project and participate in the theme discussion, “Landscape and Land Resources Conservation.”

Both will serve as jurors for the design competition hosted by the conference.

UVA School of Architecture is an international partner of this important landscape, planning, and architecture conference. For friends, alumni, parents, and colleagues in China who would like to register for this event, please find the Chinese-language conference link here