URBAN DESIGN IN THE PACIFIC RIM: BEIJING
This studio is part of a continuing series of studios in a multi-year TCAUP research and design effort addressing cities that are part of the Pacific Rim, a trans-continental region undergoing rapid transformation as part of global economic, social, and environmental changes.
The studio will focus on a site in central Beijing, one of the world’s leading global cities—dynamic, historic, and rich in architecture and urbanism and propose concepts for high-density mixed-use development.
During the term, the studio will interact with AECOM/Beijing, a leading branch of the world’s largest architecture and urban-design firm, through long-distance communication.
Studio features include: Review and discussion of bibliographical readings related to architecture, urbanism, and Chinese cities; analysis of architectural and urban precedents in the Pacific Rim; and the viewing and analysis of architecture- and urban-related narrative films as a means of developing studio concepts and representing design work. The studio is recommended for students who are interested in architecture and urban design as global disciplines and practice. It is expected that M.Arch. and MUD students will join the studio to enjoy the benefits of collaboration and mutual teaching and learning.
MARÍA ARQUERO DE ALARCÓN + ANA PAULA PIMENTEL WALKER**
EL HADI JAZAIRY**
“CHING CITY: THE NEW HUTONG PLAYSCAPE”
Ching City: The New Hutong Playscape aims to reconsider the Chinese streets as pedestrian-scale public spaces and encourage users to reclaim informal urban spaces. Ching, a spectrum of colors generated by ores in ancient times, metaphorizing the birth of public space, which previously did not exist in modern China, by adapting hutong and playscape as the two essential components. Designing and organizing inside-out mimic the traditional spatial relationship between hutong and urban pocket spaces. Informal pathways connect the site while allowing people to reclaim the undefined spaces, which allows the public spaces to be the core strategy of the site while maximizing the walkability of the development.