Recently returned from China where fellow TF-Lab colleague (and much respected Vice President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects) Nigel Thorne and I attended as speakers at China Creative Design Week 2013 events in Haikou and Fuzhou as generously hosted guests of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
Giving presentations on landscape design and management with an international perspective (‘sustainability and sense of place’ )we joined a group of 15 overseas designers from sectors as wide ranging as film, industrial and product design to partake in discussions with local designers, academic bodies, provincial and civic leaders as well as attracting a fair degree of press interest; the purpose being to forge links between China and the wider international community. As representatives of the profession most directly involved in design of the environment, we had keen audiences in such a vast and rapidly developing country where best practice is sought and in need.
Our hosts were charming and helpful and there was also a little time for several networking meetings which in our case took us down the coast in Hainan to look at a potential project. This was an enjoyable trip and while we have worked in China before, this could be the beginning of some rather longer term involvements.