How Can China’s Grand Canal Efficiently and Effectively Evolve in Order to Promote Sustainability?
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How Can China’s Grand Canal Efficiently and Effectively Evolve in Order to Promote Sustainability?

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How Can China’s Grand Canal Efficiently and Effectively Evolve in Order to Promote Sustainability?
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We present the article “China’s Grand Canal. Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development in China” by author Andrea Degli Angeli. Andrea explains that “the Chinese Grand Canal, in Chinese Pinyin Jing-Hang Yunhe (Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal), and the Great Wall were the two major projects of ancient Chinese civilization, both acting as symbols of its power and sophistication. With a length of 1,794 km (about 1,115 miles), it is the longest artificial waterway in the world.” His research proposes a model involving the Grand Canal that aims to allow sustainable growth in China— the world’s most populated country, and a country that is “increasingly damaged by inappropriate and standardized international urban development approaches.”

Finally, we share information from the book The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal (2019) that describes the relationship of Chinese culture, engineering and politics with the Grand Canal.

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China’s Grand Canal

 In the TPJ article “China’s Grand Canal. Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development in China,” author Andrea Degli Angeli proposes a model that:

“simulates a macro strategy for the redevelopment of this ancient water system utilizing and adapting highly successful traditional Chinese planning methods for urban, wetland and rural areas. Elements of this model could serve as the basis for effective future Chinese urban development in similar contexts.”

Andrea’s research aspires to build upon the strategies and processes that China has begun to implement in an effort to deal with social and environmental concerns.

2100 urban area view. Graphic work by © the Author. 2100 urban area view. Graphic work by © the Author.

 

Andrea Degli Angeli’s article was awarded First Prize at the 2015 THE PLAN Best Paper Award contest.

Andrea Degli Angeli received his professional degree in architecture from the IUAV, Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice (Italy), where he specialized in sustainability, with a focus on the relationships between architecture and sustainable urban planning. His studies focused on resource management, sustainable development and the architectural uses of combined high- and low-tech applications. Andrea is now based in London, where he works for Foster and Partners as an associate partner. 

>> We invite you to read Andrea’s article available in THE PLAN Journal, vol. 1/2016, no. 1

 

The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal

The book The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal is co-authored by Tan Xuming, Li Yunpeng, Deng Jun, Wan Jinhong and Liu Jiangang. Xuming et al. contribute decades worth of interdisciplinary research that provides the reader with an in-depth description of the stages of development of the Grand Canal. Additionally, the text details the canal’s technical components as well as the cultural heritage values the waterway holds.

The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal

English
September 19, 2019
WCPC
324 pages
6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
ISBN-10: 1945552034
ISBN-13: 978-1945552038

To learn more, check out: The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal

“China’s Grand Canal. Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development in China” in THE PLAN Journal and The Technical History of China’s Grand Canal provide a deep understanding of the many facets of China’s Grand Canal and ways in which this historic and engineering feat holds promising possibilities to improve the sustainability of Chinese society.

 

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The Plan Journal is intended to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking, and relevant research, studies, and criticism related to architecture and urbanism. The journal grew out of an awareness that academia is all too often engaged in research that’s disconnected from the real-world challenges that face different professions, and that research is only possible for a small number of professional organizations, and, even then, with limited platforms for its dissemination. The overarching aim of TPJ is therefore to enrich the dialogue between researchers and professionals so as to foster both pertinent new knowledge and intellectually driven modes of practice.

 

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