Hakka Heritage

Tuesday April 26, 2011, University of Washington,
• Seattle: 6:30-8:30 PM, in Gould Hall Room 435
History Channel's Video & our PPT on:
• Hakka Tulous, RecoCity, BioSphere & Trail
Note: limited seating available. Please contact author if interested.

Dear Friends of a sustainable China:

The first public viewing in western US, of History Channel's new series, History Made for Tomorrow, featuring the historical Hakka tulous of southern China and our plans for an International Hakka RecoCity, BioSphere & Trail,  will be held on Tuesday April 26, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Gould Hall Room 435, University of Washington, Seattle.

We will also show photos of a highly unusual and almost forgotten and abandoned Hakka palace that was rediscovered 2 years ago.

In July 2008, 46 Hakka tulous (earth buildings) in Fujian province China, were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although round tulous are the most famous, we have also visited/studied oval, square, rectangular, pentagonal and octagonal tulous, built ~ 769-1962, housing ~ 80-800 people, usually of the same clan, together with their culture, history, ancestors, relics, barns, animals, cottage industry, school, and the ever present courtyard for community events.

Our BioSphere Plan is designed to preserve, upgrade, repopulate and link historic Hakka tulous and weilongs with local natural features that also need to be preserved, along an multi-purpose trail in west Fujian, south Jiangxi and east Guangdong provinces, combining ideas borrowed from the urban design plans of the Toronto Waterfront in 1972-1973 (now called Harbourfront) and lessons from our research, writing and presentations in Canada and China, on village architecture of the Hakka people.

For more information, please go to Eco Postcards, videos, PPT and proposals at this site.

The program for the evening will consists of:
1) 6:30-7:00 PM: History Channel's Hakka Tulou video
2) 7:00-7:15 PM: short discussion with Question/Answer period
3) 7:15-7:45 PM: slide presentation on Hakka Architectural Heritage
4) 7:45-8:30 PM: discussion with students and staff of the China Village Studio course URBDP 598 J (1)
• all discussion will focus on sustainable plans for Hakka tulou demonstration projects.

Anyone interested in Hakka architecture, planning, construction, ecological retrofits, conserver lifestyle, or one of the largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China, is welcomed.

Note: Limited seating available. First come, first served.

Jorg Ostrowski, for
1) http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10599&Type=OO