Last week, MovingCities was invited by Erhard An-He Kinzelbach [KNOWSPACE architecture + cities] to Hangzhou 杭州 to jury the final year students projects at the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou [CAA] 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院. Also on review were the student work developed by Studio 崔富得 and Studio Hao Ruan 阮昊 ＋ Devin Jernigan.
The studio of Erhard An-He Kinzelbach [KNOWSPACE architecture + cities] was called VERTICAL and was set-up as to act as a think-thank studio, where studio research is collaborative. Analysis and research are not seen as separate from but as integral to the design project. All students were given a plot in Shanghai 上海 and a program which included 50 percent of housing, supplemented by additional mixed-use program, amounting to more than 80.000m2 in total. A couple of the objectives were described as following:
Can we imagine a densified, verticalized version of the village? how will the design of these vertical structures evolve? How can we rethink the conventional residential high-rise in order to produce livable and meaningful structures that go beyond the uniform multiplication of repetitive slabs organized around a conventional core?
The studio by Hao Ruan 阮昊 [LYCS architecture] ＋ Devin Jernigan was set up so to research and design – on a large, high-density scale – a couple of basic architectural forms/containers/volumes/concepts/strategies. These included investigations into and implementation of Cube, Ring, Sphere, Pancake, Linear, Pyramid and Supertall design. In contrast to these stringent parameters, the Studio 崔富得 was one that was set free as students decided themselves upon locale and scope of intervention. We saw a bridge-building, high-density mountain-like dwellings, some Tulou-references and a dragon community amongst others.
Pictures by movingcities.org
Bert de Muynck & Mónica Carriço [MovingCities], Haoru Chen 陈浩如 [Citiarc International], John van de Water [NEXT ARCHITECTS China], Ok Ye Kim 金玉艺 [Acube Design Shanghai] and 卓旻 [CAA Hangzhou] and 曾颖 [CAA Hangzhou].