Line 13 Redux

On May 25 and 26, 2009, MovingCities was invited by Shannon Bassett (Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at School of Architecture and Community Design >| University of South Florida – Tampa) to give an introductory design workshop to 5 students in Beijing.

Integral part of the USF ‘Summer Studio in China‘, the China Program consists of a ten-week program. MovingCities kickstarted the program, thereby giving a two-day workshop, including fieldtrip, so to help choose a site for intervention and speculation.

Shannon Basset provided us with following synopsis:

(…) Without a doubt, for the student of architecture and urban design, there is perhaps no other more exciting, dynamic, or significant place to be right now than China.  The top architecture firms in the world have set up practice there and now young architects are stepping onto this world stage.  Here they are realizing, in a few years’ time, significant projects that their counterparts in the US and the West might not ever realize in an entire career.

The Summer 2009 Studies Abroad Architecture and Urbanism program in China promises to change the student’s life, open their eyes and expose them first hand to this special moment in China’s history with its provocative architecture and urbanism scene.  For no where else in the world is there the opportunity to study history being made in architecture and urban design, and to begin to understand its significant impact on the country and the rest of the world.(…)

Line 13 | workshop generator

‘Line 13 Redux’ continues ongoing MovingCities research on Beijing’s elevated subway lineLine13. In 2008, the ‘Line13 Superlinearity‘-workshop set a first stage to communicate our findings, analysis and research. This was done in collaboration with Adrian Blackwell (Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design | University of Toronto) and 13 students from Toronto’s University.


Line 13 superlinearity | 2008 workshop in collaboration with Adrian Blackwell

‘Line 13 Redux’ looks into the Beijing’s peri-urban condition along the North-Western section of Line13, namely at the intersection of the Longze subway station and Badaling Express way.

Since its construction in 1996 (finished in 2001), the Badaling Expressway has acted as an important attractor for urban development in the North-Western part of Beijing. Around the Longze subway station, where the expressway meets the subway line, four distinct and programmatically autonomous areas can be discerned; a semi-legal and self-built migrant village, an area called ‘car city’, a low-rise residential area and a high-rise upscale residential area.

Student Participation

Students from Tampa’s School of Architecture and Community Design participating in this workshop: Chablis Applewhite, Carlos Gil (Thesis Students), Stephanie Herring, Brennen Huller, Maryam Younes.

Field Trip: two major North/South intersections

One important aspect of the ‘Line 13 Redux’-workshop was a fieldtrip along the Northern section of Line13.

Workshop focus area

The workshop focuses on the north-western part of Line13. the area surronding Longze subsway station. After an introduction and a field trip, analyses will be made in terms of its existing sections, programs, formal and informal uses and perceived density. Subsequently two programs will be introduced with the objective to strengthen the north-western section of the circular line. These programs will be projected upon the existing area, with both a focus on the creation of an overall masterplan as well as zooming in on specific locations.

Line 13 redux | workshop area: Longze station, Badaling expressway and its surroundings

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