Z+T Studio

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Z+T Studio was founded by Mr Dong Zhang and Ms Ziying Tang in Shanghai in 2009. Since then, the studio has gained a solid and critical reputation for its design, diverse works and unique design approach. Z+T Studio’s portfolio includes master planning, research centers, public parks and city furniture. Z+T Studio has received numerous national and international awards, including the ASLA General Design Honor Awards.

Situated at the cross-road of landscape architecture itself and in the increasingly urbanized environment, Z+T understands the profession has evolved beyond the traditional focus on aesthetics and gardens, becoming a catalyst and engine to encompass and enrich the area’s diversity, self-esteem and self-identity. With a strong emphasis on the most basic elements of nature, Z+T has used its novel approach to ratify its core values — to connect nature to community well-being and strengthen landscape resilience and social ecology sustainability.

Prior to founding Z+T Studio in Shanghai, Mr. Zhang and Ms. Tang had extensive academic and practice experience in the U.S. and China. Such an experience laid the foundation for the firm to embrace the perspectives and sensitivities of both West and East.

Z+T Studio is a consortium in a landscape design atelier, an Art Workshop and a Biophilic Lab with design professionals, artist, fabricators and horticultural specialists and ecologists. The unique structure and multi-disciplinary collaboration not only enables Z+T to take on sophisticated projects, but also to transform the firm into an engine to initiate innovative and cutting-edge design ideas. Even while accepting complex and large-scale projects, the two founding principals of Z+T have maintained an intimately-sized atelier and hands-on working method for their commitment to each project.

Philosophy

In Z+T Studio, landscape design is meant to refine nature based on a comprehension of artistic principle in nature. It extracts and reintegrates landscape elements based on the individual character of each site.

Refined nature, respect original eco-system: Respecting the natural eco-system is a living Chinese philosophy. Existing ecology needs to be closely studied before any transformation is considered. By applying modern eco-techniques, the site will be optimally developed. High density development or a contaminated environment needs to be regenerated in a healthy direction.

Restored eco-system, has specific site spirit: All sites are different despite the presence of modern industrialized development. Any innovation should be inspired by the specific elements (weather, wind, light and shade) of site. The recovered site will be identified by the created spatial organization and design.

Reformed site, recall the memory of site: Industrialization create obstacles between people and their environment. Non-designed or overdesigned spaces are full of constructed, human-made places. We look through to the essence of each site while also exploring the relationship between complexity and simplicity within nature. At all time we seek to reconnect people with water, sunlight, and plants through our use of refined landscape elements.

We see landscape design as:
– a connector of nature and community well-being.
– a vessel for our vision of sustainability and resilience.
– a catalyst and engine to encompass and enrich diversity, self-esteem and self-identity.
– a distilling process towards the essence and the most basic elements of nature.

Published on July 17, 2023

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