On March 27, Yoshiteru MUROSAKI, emeritus professor from Kobe University, and HAO Weiguo, adjunct professor from the Department of Environmental Art Design (School of Architecture of Tianjin University) visited the Institute. The two professors discussed with designers of the Institute on long-term planning and specific architectural designs for earthquake relief. The symposium was chaired by PANG Chong (Assistant President and Director of Planning Department) , attended by LIU Huanzhong (Chief Engineer), LI Zhizheng (Director of Architectural Landscape Institute) and LIU Haiquan (Deputy Chief Engineer in charge of structure) as well as some backbone technicians.
Pro. Yoshiteru MUROSAKI, over 70, is an expert in earthquake resistance and hazard mitigation as well as President of Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and Revitalization, committed to study of the experience from and problems of Japan’s post-disaster reconstruction. He has been to Tangshan 4 times for field investigations since the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 and each time actively gave advice for Tangshan’s post-quake reconstruction. Pro. HAO Weiguo, specialized in environmental art design, has a wealth of academic achievements, winning many prizes in his field. He was once the director of the Municipal Bureau of Urban-Rural Planning of Tangshan, forging a deep friendship with the Institute.
At the symposium, Pro. Yoshiteru MUROSAKI spoke highly of the perseverant spirit in post-quake relief of the people of Tangshan. He effusively showed his admiration for the rapid development and new advances of today’s Tangshan. In the following question-answer session, the two professors gave their opinions about each of the questions designers raised concerning their professions. Participants took notes while carefully listening. From time to time they could not help praising the two experts’unique and far-sighted views and expressing gratitude to the professors for their unreserved expertise.
The symposium broadened the designers’horizon with not only ideas and knowledge about exotic cultures and traditions, but also with the professors’abundant professional experience valuable to the Institute.