Beyond the Edge: Water + Urbanism in Wuhan, China
SWA┐s work is fueled by a deep appreciation for nature and for the beauty of natural systems. Inspired by the complexity of human-made systems and the interactions they influence, these projects have become recognized for their visionary aesthetics, exceptional functionality, and keen understanding of social design, as well as their emphasis on environmental sustainability. At SWA┐s core is a passion for imaginative, solution-oriented design that adds value to land, buildings, cities, regions, and people┐s lives. Successful urban design encompasses the infrastructure of an urban environment, synthesizing buildings, streets, corridors, and natural systems into a cohesive, fully functional, and aesthetically unified whole. SWA has designed new cities, districts, neighborhoods and waterfronts, as well as the specific components of urban environments, including plazas, parks, promenades, and urban streetscapes. As designers with a sophisticated understanding of the urban landscape, we are particularly adept at integrating nature into cities using the available resources as the foundation and framework from which livable, high-density environments can flourish. SWA┐s international reputation in urban planning and design has evolved from our history of successful projects. SWA is pleased to partner with Cal Poly Pomona┐s Department of Landscape Architecture for the 5th consecutive year in order to explore significant water + urbanism possibilities in Wuhan, China. This urban design studio project has tremendous commercial, cultural, and environmental potential, which creates the perfect laboratory for students to test ideas within the urban context through various planning and design approaches. The overarching goal of this course is to empower students with an expanded personal knowledge base, further develop and expand skill sets and provide an opportunity to examine deeper personal values of design.
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