TEDxBoston

Kongjian Yu

Professor, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture; President & Principal @Peking & Turenscape

A farmer’s son trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Kongjian YU is a founder of the Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape. He is also founder and principal designer of Turenscape, which Fast Company called one of The 10 Most Innovative Architecture Companies of 2021 for “balancing China’s hyperspeed urbanization with green ‘sponge cities’”. An often-outspoken voice in the world of landscape architecture and urbanism, Yu has been heralded by Michael Sorkin as “a hero of effective advocacy within a system fraught with perils.” Several of Yu’s core ideas for nature-based climate adaptations, including the sponge city concept, have been adopted for nationwide implementation by the Chinese government and had a global reach.