Health concerns and the built environment have an intertwined history. In fact, health is the topic which has greatly shaped the profession of urban planning, landscape planning and modern architecture for one-and-a-half centuries. What was the concern yesterday and what is it today? And how about the context of China? CITYMAKERS-Guest Author and researcher in Architecture Theory at RWTH Aachen, Zhen ZHANG, presents some of the answers through reviewing the newest research in the book „Lifestyled – Health and Places“, a 2016 publication of research at Harvard University.
Freelance contributor / editor / translator / researcher in architecture
Zhen ZHANG started working in the German-Chinese context in Shanghai. Between 2008-2010, her focus was the planning of bamboo pavilions used for the touring exhibition Germany and China – Moving ahead together, which culminated with the “German-Chinese House” at the World Expo Shanghai 2010. Between 2011-2013, she was an architect with von Gerkan, Marg und Partner.
Her further pursuit of study at RWTH Aachen ended with her master design “Isle of Islay – Nature Observatory: Remembrance of a Forgotten Treaty between Man and Nature”, which received a special reward of BDA-SARP-Award 2016 and a nomination for the Euregional Prize (EAP). Between 2015-2017, she was assistant editor at ARCH+ Aachen and curated the Exhibition “Planetary Urbanism” in the German Pavilion at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito.
Since 2017, she is Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Theory of Architecture, RWTH Aachen. From time to time she contributes as a freelance editor for CITYMAKERS.