The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape has the honour of hosting a conference pertaining to the landscape rehabilitation of the Yangzi Jiang River. The two speakers, Yufei Zhao and Ruiqi Zhao, have both worked on this issue as part of their terminal master’s project in architecture landscape at the University of Toronto. « They aimed, through their projects, at conceiving sustainable solutions for the natural and social ecosystems of the riverbanks, specifically in the Wuhan region » indicates Shin Koseki, the UNESCO Chairholder who is currently teaching a master’s workshop in urban design pertaining to the St-Lawrence River alongside Émile Forest, practical training instructor at the UNESCO Chair.
Longest river in Asia, the Yangzi Jiang, which begins in the Tibetan plateau crosses China from west to east and flows into the Yellow Sea where Shanghai currently stands. Alongside its 6 300 km, the Yangzi Jiang River has originated one of the world’s most productive and dynamic region, the Sichuan Basin which alone generates more than 20 % of China’s GDP. The river and its tributaries link the coastal metropolis to Nanjing, Nanchang, Wuhan, Chongqing andChengdu. Natural habitat for thousands of animal species and millions of species of plants, the Yangzi Jiang River is home to a unique specie of finless porpoise. The survival of the animal, endangered by vast industrialisation andurbanisation, is of great importance to the human population which resides in the region.
This presentation is the third of the Fluvialities lecture series, organised by the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape as part of the EcoMétropole Laurentienne workshop and with the collaboration of the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal.