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Hutong Summit – Klinker

The project is the first physical approach of Andrés López and Isabel Driessen’s research in Beijing. They want to understand the city at any scale as a system, by analyzing it on three topics: food, rituals and logistics. Hutongs are an interesting scenario to understand Beijing as they are a mixture of social, economic and political aspects that can’t be defined by a unique expression.

The module aims to preserve the social aspects (rituals) by being an adaptable furniture that serves the daily activities people demand. Using bins, planters, exhibition modules, bicycle parking, tables, stools, López and Driessen want to enhance the preservation and reactivation of locals’ behaviour in public space, by giving them the chance to interact with the modules, implying a feeling of re-appropriation.

After visiting and analyzing the place, five main activities have been selected and then rendered into five different module typologies that act independently or as a system, adapting themselves to the context and/or to locals’ preferences. The two materials selected aim to keep the simplicity of the module and to highlight the adaptability of their use, while the colours are coded to make a distinction among them.

The conclusion of the project will be a day-by-day follow-up to keep track of all the modifications, different uses and transformations. The output will be a graphic diary, useful to see the potential of the element and its impact in the socio-cultural environment as well as the possible improvements it should have for future developments.

Andrés López and Isabel Driessen

Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th

Baitasi Projects / 94 Gongmenkou Dongcha