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The inaugural Tongji advanced lecture series on “Frontiers in Ecophronetic Practice Research”

May 31 - June 2

Ecophronetic practice research: Ecological practice research with the logic of practice

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

May 31—June2, 2017

The Tongji lecture series on “Frontiers in Ecophronetic Practice Research” aims to cultivate the scholarship in ecological wisdom inspired ecological practice research (i.e., Ecophronetic Practice Research) among scholars and practitioners from around the world. It is held annually by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, through its Center for Ecological Wisdom and Practice Research.

The host

Wei-Ning Xiang                    College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)

Guest speakers, in alphabetic order:

Yuning Cheng                    Department of Landscape Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

The ecological wisdom of sponge cities (lecture)

Coping with the ebb and flow of urban water through the ecophronetic practice of constructing sponge cities(mini-workshop/charrette)

John Forester                       Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Exploring the practices of ecological wisdom: The triple helix of value, fact, and action (lecture)

        Listening to practitioners, the phronimos:

Revealing the structure and strategies of moral improvisation


Margaret Grose               Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia

Drawing from science to create a body of practical wisdom for designers (lecture)

Drawing from ecological scholarship by ‘long-tailing’ into small practice initiatives


Fritz Steiner                           School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Nature and cities in the Anthropocene (lecture)

SITES: The outdoor counterpart to LEED (mini-workshop/charrette)

Yuncai Wang                        Department of Landscape Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

The logic of landscape pattern language: Blending practice with science (lecture)

Ecological practice research with landscape pattern language (mini-workshop/charrette)

Wentao Yan                                      Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Ecophronesis: A cohesive whole of reason and emotion (lecture)

How should we assess the success of an ecological practice? (mini-workshop/charrette)

The lecture series is free, but requires registration by April 25, 2017 via email: Ms Ying Chen,


May 31
June 2