Baitasi in Layers is the result of reMIX studio’s research on the field of urbanism, applied to the historical context of Baitasi.
Like many other hutong areas, Baitasi structure has been radically transformed in the last fifty years. The traditional courtyard houses have been fragmented into separate living units and the open spaces have been saturated by informal extensions.
These physical transformations have deeply altered the functionality of the neighborhood. In the small scale, the resulting built fabric has very poor conditions of natural light and ventilation; in the larger picture, the amount of public space per inhabitant has drastically dropped, forcing a new relationship between the courtyards and the streets.
Starting from a very simple cartography of Baitasi, through the use of computational tools, reMIX Studio digs into the layers of information at the core of the site, highlighting problems and spotting out potential areas of intervention.
An animation on a TV screen works as a legend, explaining step-by-step the different principles used for the analysis while the results are projected on a physical model of the area. The team explores the morphology, the natural conditions and the evolution of the built structure of the Baitasi area. Through the simulation of the movements of the local population and visitors, reMIX Studio evaluates the efficiency of the road network and of the public transportation system, together with functional intensities in different times of the day, etc.
The research originates from the understanding that a urban neighborhood is a system in which multiple physical, social and economic variables interact, through complex relationships, creating a series of hidden forces that will influence also its evolution in time. Thus this analysis not only provides a starting point to better understand the context in which urban designers operate, but also potentially offers a constantly updating analytical feedback loop for future interventions.
Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th
The Global School /
52 Gongmenkou Dongcha