Thank You China 2010
THANK YOU, my parents+friends,
China EcoStudy Tour #5, draft 3, Dec. 28, 2010
Mutti, Vati, Helen, Haili, Ruth, Yan, Li Yong Mei, Hay An, Chen Ling, Beatrice, Miao
Miao, Sophia, Lydia, Holly, Virginia Anami, Prof. Fang, Elieen, Qui, Xu Zhenghui
+Wang Ping+your mom, Zhao Hong, Zhang Bin, Jimmy Tang Bing, Li Cong, Bruce
Su, Jeff Shen, David Wong, David Hu, Wong Hai, Hong Lu, Minoru, students of XUAT:
On November 11, it was Remembrance Day in Canada, a national holiday, like
Memorial Day in the US. It is therefore appropriate to take time out from busy
obligations and pressing duties of work and personal life, to stop for a moment,
to remember and reflect on those dear and close to us, while we can. Traditionally,
we remember the dead, but I prefer to remember (and celebrate), the living. Here you
are, all together in my thoughts and memories, once reality, now a dream.
I dedicate this thank you report to fond reminiscences of special people who
have made a major difference to me. Some I have known for a while, others
were new to me during the last 5 weeks in China. Thank you for being my friends.
Nam On, EcoVillage of Hope
Nam On, EcoVillage of Hope: draft 1
learning from the
Environmental Best Practices and sustainable architecture of Hakka Villages
• generic Pattern Language of indigenous vernacular Chinese architecture
Positive Features of Hakka Village architecture for application to the Nam On project:
01) PREFACE these observations and conclusions evolved out of:
a) research between December 2006 and March 2007 through internet and contacts
b) trip to Hakka villages (tulou) in Fujian province, April 1 to 9, 2007 with our team of 4
• Hakka villages are an excellent precedent for sustainable communities ,
• they are excellent examples of sharing and caring for individuals, families and culture
• some aspects of Hakka lifestyle such as comfort index are worthy models to respect
• Hakka floor plans are ideal for an orphanage, especially the room layout
• central courtyards are a generic and traditional Chinese feature, ideal for replicati
• interior balconies are ideal for an orphanage
• Hakka villages are climate sensitive, outstanding examples of passive cooling
• Hakka farming is an excellent example of best practices in sustainable agriculture
Dear Friends of a Sustainable China:
Welcome to my introductory blog to launch our new web site, SustainableChina.net for 2011.
Members of our team have been to China 5 times since 2007. We came to study, learn and be inspired, from its past and present, to make a safer, healthier and more sustainable China and planet in the future.
China is a treasure chest of history with many important lessons for our common future.
This web site will host and highlight, photographs, videos, books, precedents, presentations, examples, events, PPTs, reports, Blogs, discussions, proposals, projects and media events, all related to a sustainable China, as time permits. Some of our own work is now shown in a video recently announced by History Channel at a news conference in Beijing on October 21, 2010. It launches their new "History Made for Tomorrow" series world wide.
If you are interested in, or know about, sustainable precedents, historic sites, or needed or completed projects in China, please let me know.
Season Greetings, and welcome to our new SustainableChina.net web site, as we slide into 2011, the Year of the Rabbit.
Jorg Ostrowski, M. Arch. A.S. (MIT), B. Arch. (Toronto), for