During the last fifty years, the urban fabric of Beijing has changed dramatically and this historical city has become more international.
Traditional Beijing Hutong areas and their original urban structure have been radically transformed.
The arrival of a very consistent number of migrant workers and the growth of the local population generated an uncontrolled densification of the usual urban fabric. Since the height limit for the buildings in the historical city centre is strictly implemented, the buildings started expanding horizontally, infiltrating all the available voids.
The traditional courtyard houses have been fragmented into separate living units and the open spaces have been saturated by illegal extensions. This resulted in neighbourhoods with very limited public space, poor natural light, scarse ventilation and a very low quality of the entire built fabric.
GSS16-PEK is thought to drive the work for an understanding of the city which is continuously in flux, not unlike the so-called natural environment.
This concept challenges the conception of the city as assembled permanently from hard matter and built to endure, and rather, posits the notion of urbanism as a dynamic entity which responds to the forces which shape its growth, change, evolution and transformation over time.
Through the investigation of alternative tools, useful to generate and control dynamic models, and where the designer interacts with parameters through empirical and heuristic method, IaaC will focus on evaluations and feedbacks as an approach to the problem posed by the symbiosis of land, water, and the mineral accretion known as “architecture”.
Feng XU, Liqun ZHAO, Yanchuan LIU, Ali Gharakhani (curators)
Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th
The Global School /
52 Gongmenkou Dongcha