American Institute of Architects in China | May 19-28, 2014
The American Institute of Architects’ Housing Knowledge Community is partnering with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech (CLiGS) and the Yunnan Sustainability Network to offer a professional development and service learning opportunity in southwestern China to members of AIA.
Through this 10-day program, we will explore the opportunities and challenges to conceptualize, communicate, and develop sustainable housing and communities. Our itinerary will take us from Beijing and Shanghai to several communities in Yunnan, China’s most ethnically and ecologically diverse province. There we will explore the connectivity between Yunnan’s natural and cultural landscape and the rapid growth of China’s economy.
Objectives for this program:
- Explore the patterns and forms of traditional and contemporary housing, planning, and development in China, with particular emphasis on local cultural traditions, knowledge, and practices in Yunnan Province.
- Examine technologies, materials, infrastructure, and living systems employed in traditional, prevailing, and experimental housing development, with emphasis on the challenges of sustainability.
- Analyze case studies of proposed approaches to housing development for health, sustainability, and quality-of-life impacts.
- Identify and assess strategies for improving the environmental, social, economic, and design performance of existing and proposed housing development and identify opportunities for the AIA Housing Knowledge Community to participate further.