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Environmental Architecture (MA)

Qianqian Wan

Qianqian is a designer currently based in Shanghai, China. She specializes in three areas of design: print, 3D, and film. With her engineering background, her design style is always bold and rigorous. She currently works on visual marketing for FMCG brands.

Qianqian graduated with MA in Environmental Architecture in Royal College of Art. Her undergraduate degree is in Landscape Architecture from HZAU, whose landscape department is ranked No.2 in China in botanical disciplines. Therefore, she developed her specialty in biology and is responsible for modules such as the study of species relationships and ecosystem cycles in the Sound Registry system. In addition, Qianqian is very good at both electronic and physical models, and she developed all the interactive models and physical exhibition installations in this project.


-    Commemorative installation for the Festival de Cannes, exhibited in China, 2021

-    First Prize, Painting and Calligraphy Cultural and Creative Arts Competition, 2018 & 2019

Sound visualisation

The Simpang Dayak maintain the close relationship with the land that allows them to know the meanings of different sounds in the environment—to speak a multi-species language. The multi-species understanding of meteorology, ecology, evolution, physiology, ethno-herbology, and applied ecology that the Dayak communities hold dear can operate at a finer spatial and temporal scale than science, including an understanding of how to respond and adapt to environmental changes and trends. These soils possess deep historical knowledge and ancestral links to the territory and the notion of multi-species kinship contradicts land policies and regulated colonial regimes. Although territorial knowledge is still passed on from generation to generation through ordinary actions as a performative storytelling strategy. However, such knowledge is difficult to incorporate into legal documents.

This project is in collaboration with a grassroots educational organisation,-Arus Kualan, or Sekolah Adat (a network of schools focused on teaching indigenous ways of life to indigenous youth), to create of a digital multi-species knowledge registry archive platform can be used to demonstrate the value of this indigenous multi-species knowledge system that is deeply intertwined with the surrounding environment and its health. Considering the valuation metrics used by UNESCO to determine and protect sites of cultural heritage around the globe,this study concluded that the Simpang Dayak territory should be preserved as acoustic landscape and site of culture heritage.

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