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Doctoral thesis defence: Bin Li

Bin Li will defend her PhD thesis "TRANS-ALPINE LANDSCAPES: Transecting a Chinese High Mountain in Transition" at AHO on 9 April 2021. The defence will be in English. 

Title of the trial lecture: A Landscape-informed Approach to Landscape Planning: Contributions and Innovations in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Defence: 14.00
The defence will be held digitally over zoom. 


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PhD thesis
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How are the changes of alpine landscapes affected by urbanization? How could a landscape-informed perspective open up other ways of reading and other strategies for adapting the urbanization to the vulnerable alpine landscapes, and how does this expand the discussion of the rapid changes of rural China?

Trans-alpine Landscapes explores the changing landscapes of a high mountain in China affected by ongoing urbanization. Mount Gongga, the highest mountain of the Hengduan mountainous regions in Southwestern China, is the main case for study. A trans-geographical exploration brings in other alpine geographies—the Swiss Alps and the Norwegian Scandes—as the comparable references. The project deploys a landscape-informed approach by revealing landscape changes, challenges and qualities on the ground through transects. The dissertation argues that landscape architects can take on the role as curators, to circle out routes and pauses that are slow and of a light footprint. The in-flux landscapes could be transformed into educational, experienced, and ephemeral spaces.

image0_bin.jpegAbout the candidate: LI, Bin (1987) is an architect and landscape architect from Beijing. She holds a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from The University of Hong Kong. Before joining The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), where she conducted research and taught in landscape architecture, she practiced architecture and landscape design in Boston, Berlin, and Hong Kong, working on projects of cultural architecture, public space and park, and architecture in Chinese countryside. She is currently teaching at the School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. 

  • Professor Karl Otto Ellefsen, AHO
  • Professor Janike Kampevold Larsen, AHO

Adjudication committee:
  • First opponent: Professor Anne Whiston Spirn, MIT
  • Second opponent: Associate Professor Ying Zeng, China Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou
  • Third member and coordinator: Associate Professor Ingrid Halland, AHO

Dato: 9 april, 2021
Tid: 14:00

Sted: Online