• Week 1: Defining Ideas

    Week 1: Defining Ideas

    The first week of the Summer Program focused
    on inventory, analysis, and visioning for the Sausalito waterfront.
    Students were working as a group, the students will examine the
    area’s natural and man-made systems to understand the dynamic
    forces that shape the Sausalito waterfront (approximately 100
    acres). These systems include historic, socio-economic/cultural,
    transportation, land use, topographic form & building massing,
    hydrologic, ecological, and climate (including sea level rise). The end
    result will be an analytical framework that considers stakeholder
    concerns and documents systemic forces, and provides a base of
    information for each student to generate an initial reaction/vision
    for the site’s next 100 years.

  • Week 2: Urban Design

    Week 2: Urban Design

    Yizhou’s idea is to use a process-based
    design strategy to solve the sea level rise
    problem, sacrificing one part of the site to
    protect the rest and changing the site step
    by step, and eventually to be a self-regulating
    eco system – a place of nature process, time
    and interaction.
    In his scheme, one third of the site would
    be used as a buffer zone for the rest of the
    site, offering marsh landscape for people
    and habitats for animals. Meanwhile,
    utilizing existing material as a resource for
    new project construction could make the
    proposal more feasible, economical and
    sustainable. Also, his strategy includes the
    solution for soil, water and plants that are
    the key elements for a successful landscape

  • Week 3: SCI-ART Discovery Center

    Week 3: SCI-ART Discovery Center

    3 RINGS
    In week three, Yizhou continued to develop
    process-based strategy at a smaller scale.
    Three concentric circles divide the site into
    “safe area”, “waterfront edge“ and a hybrid
    place that combines the two. This system
    could effectively accommodate rising sea
    levels over time, and also offers an amazing
    waterfront place for neighborhoods and

  • Week 4: Object Design

    Week 4: Object Design

    Yizhou focused on recycling the existing
    urban environment, using the debris of
    pavement, buildings, and infrastructure as
    material for the new project, making the
    proposal more feasible, sustainable and
    The scheme offers people a different
    experience within which to approach the
    waterfront. For instance, people can directly
    access the open space, go through a narrow
    ramp to the open waterfront, or use a small
    performance venue at the waterfront.
    Meanwhile, the serrated scheme maximizes
    the length of waterfront.

Yizhou Xu


“Majored in urban planning at Zhejiang University in China before being a master of landscape architecture candidate in Harvard Design School, I found that in such a complex society today, we have to use multi-disciplinary strategies to solve problems in cities, from city scale planning to neighborhood scale design, and to details design, including every single tree and soil management. This is exactly the reason why I decided to learn landscape architecture after receiving my planning degree.

I have loved photography since ten years ago. Photography gives me eager for traveling, and it also offers me a tool to set people thinking about the environment we are living in. The goal of my photographs is not to capture picturesque sceneries, but transmit a message, bear witness, and move things forward. I feel more like a journalist than an artist, because I attempt to bring knowledge though my photographs.”