From the Dazhangshan Tea Gardens. Landscape culture and rural heritage in ancient and contemporary China

Public study seminar on the award-winning place and its context
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Those attending the seminar dedicated to the 2019 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens will have the opportunity to discover more about the unique natural and cultural features, the historical and geographical context and the significance of the a contemporary landscape cultivated according to strict agroecological criteria capable of conveying a sense of history and of projecting into the future the values of a rural environment where humans have established a harmonious relationship with nature.


Opening speech and coordination by

Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini


First session:

Maurizio Paolillo, professor of Chinese and South-East Asian Language and Literature, University of Salento, Lecce: From China to the Wuyuan County: historical-geographical notes and introduction to the landscape in the cultural tradition of China;

Han Feng, head of the Department of Landscape Design, Tongji University, Shanghai: Practices and Policies for the Landscape of Contemporary China, with Particular Reference to Tea Cultivation;

Hong Peng, president of the Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Food Company: The Experience of the Dazhangshan Tea Gardens in the Wuyuan County.


Second session:

Marco Ceresa, head of the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: Lu Yu’s Classic of Tea in 8th Century China;

Livio Zanini, sinologist, researcher at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: The Tea Routes and Their First Traces in European Culture;

Lionella Scazzosi, professor of Architectural Restoration and Preservation and Management of the Landscape, Polytechnic of Milan: ICOMOS-IFLA Recent Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage;

Mónica Luengo, landscape architect, ICOMOS-IFLA, International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes: Cultural and Heritage Values of the Asian Tea Landscapes in an International Framework;

Giuseppe Barbera, professor in Tree Crops at the University of Palermo: Anthropocene, Agriculture, Landscape: concluding notes in relation to Dazhangshan.


The seminar will also call upon the participation of other guests invited for the 2019 Carlo Scarpa Prize work group and the Scientific Committee of the Foundation. It will end with a discussion in which everyone present is invited to participate. The seminar is free and open to the public. Interpreters will be present in the auditorium to provide simultaneous translation from English or Chinese to Italian.