ValleyCrest Landscape Companies participated as a student advisor, Forum panelist and supporting host of a landscape design event in China called “Creative Nature.” This collaborative exhibition showcased 19 thought-provoking landscape projects commissioned for the 2011 Xi’an World Horticultural Exposition. Members of ValleyCrest Design Group critiqued and guided 10 student teams from universities around the world through the design process leading up to the unveiling in Shanghai. The work is being exhibited at the Qingpu Teahouse in Qingpu, Shanghai from July 10th through August 17, 2010.

The University of Southern California’s American Academy in China (USC AAC) partnered with the municipal government of Xi’an and 10 international graduate programs in landscape architecture to transform 10,000 square meters of land into permanent garden space. Each participating school was granted a parcel of land, and the resulting landscape designs were showcased at the “Creative Nature” exhibition to later be fully implemented as part of next year’s Exposition in Xi’an. Additionally, “Creative Nature” featured the work of professional landscape architects. ValleyCrest was invited to support the 2nd annual event by Qingyun Ma, AIA, Dean of USC’s School of Architecture, who founded the USC AAC in 2008.

Beyond serving as a professional advisor to the students, ValleyCrest also contributed insights on landscape and design trends as part of an afternoon-long Forum, called “The New Chinese Landscape.” It featured a thorough and lively panel discussion that touched on fresh perspectives about the future of landscapes in China among an esteemed group of panelists including ValleyCrest’s Brett Park, Cliff Pearson from Architectural Record, Liang Qingdong from AECOM, Paul Tang and John Enright from USC, Han Xili from Peking University, and Shwu-Ting Lee from Feng Chia University.

The exhibition brought together landscape designs from programs all over the world, including: USC, the Architectural Association, Columbia, Feng Chia Univeristy, Hong Kong University, University of Toronto, Universidad Torcuato de Tella, University of California Berkeley, Peking University, and University of St. Joseph.

Professional design firms that created gardens included: EMBT, Gross Max, Terragram, Topotek1, Mosbach Paysagistes, Martha Schwartz Partners, West 8, SLA, and Atelier DYJG.