A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Andy Cao Lecture on Incidental Placemaking: Beauty and Dreams
The Garden Conservancy hosts Vietnamese-born artist and landscape designer Andy Cao.
Cao is the recipient of two prestigious fellowships. In 2001, he was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. This life-changing fellowship gave Cao the luxury of time to find his voice as he explored the iconography of Roman churches, and experienced the impact of art, design, and ritual in the public realm.
As a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2010 – 2011), his mission was to observe, reflect, and unlearn. Post Harvard, Cao aims to build an experimental design laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City, emphasizing contemporary landscape design and material innovations while nurturing new design talents.
Drawing on diverse cultural backgrounds, Cao | Perrot Studio creates hybrid environments, blending art and landscape to make a place for dreaming. The projects, both temporary and permanent, cross commercial, artistic, and residential boundaries, and vary in size from intimate courtyards to large-scale public parks. They often use overlooked materials to create environments that defy specific meaning and invite the viewer into a contemplative world of color and sensuality.
Cao | Perrot Studio recently won an international competition to design the 600-acre Guangming New Town Central Park in Shenzhen, China. The studio's work has been widely published in books, magazines, and videos and exhibited at international garden festivals and museums, including Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
Enjoy Sonoma County's Meadowcroft Wines at 6 p.m.
Illustrated talk begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the theater
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.