School+ WORKSHOP | Finland-Beijing

Between March 23rd-25th 2012, MovingCities, together with Newly Drawn [画卷初成] and World Architecture Magazine [世界建筑 杂志], organized the three-day ‘School+ WORKSHOP’. Hosted by the School of Architecture – Tsinghua University [清华大学建筑学院]  in Beijing 北京, this event is part of the 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue [EU2012中国文化对话年].

School+ WORKSHOP: Finland-Beijing architecture exchange on educational spaces
学校+工作坊:芬兰-北京教育空间建筑交流

The ‘School+ WORKSHOP’ consisted of a one-day field trip and seminar, followed by a two-day workshop bringing together young Chinese and Finnish architectural practices, along with teachers and students from Tsinghua’s School of Architecture – around the topic of educational design. This encompasses the vast topic of spaces for learning, urban development and architectural and sustainable design. The program brings together Finnish and Chinese design expertise in relation with the Chinese reality, so to develop a communal architectural and educational design strategy.

The objective of this three-day workshop was to instigate a discussion – through architectural design – about the present state of and future opportunities for educational environments in China. Through the incorporation of a new/needed social agenda – combining different age and social groups, e.g. in a new type of intermixed school – the outcome of the workshop lead to unexpected, and mutually reinforcing, results.

By combining the Finnish experience in architectural educational design [part of its excellent educational system] – with emerging trends and obstacles related to Chinese schools, the workshop targets to explore a new field of cultural, social and architectural interaction. Hence, the title: School+ WORKSHOP.

School + WORKSHOP | DAY I | Field Trip

On Friday March 23rd, 2012, the first of the three-day School+ WORKSHOP consisted of a series of excursions to innovative educational environments in Beijing 北京 – such as the Family Box & Tsinghua Primary School, followed by a site-visit to Baja urban village [located Northeast of Tsinghua University]. The day was concluded with the launch of Launch of World Architecture Magazineissue on Finnish Architecture and a Finnish Architecture Symposium at the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University.

Family Box > Tsinghua Primary School > Case-study: Baja

The Family Box is a 6,000-sqm, 3-story building advertising itself as the “one-stop recreation center for kids of all ages“, where “kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room.” Our visit happened in the presence of architect Binke Lenhardt /crossboundaries architects – the designer of the Family Box [phase 1, phase 2 August 2011/February 2012].
Address: 51 Wangjing North Street, Building 4, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区望京北路51号院4号楼

The second stop on the educational tour was the Tsinghua Primary School by Prof. WANG Lifang [Tsinghua University, School of Architecture], a recipient project of the 2006 the National Golden Award for Excellent Architectural Design of China:

Primary School Affiliated to Tsinghua University, Beijing – The design of this 12,000-sqm project developed design ideas based on child psychology with the aim of producing a campus that was full of interest. Kids develop rapidly during the elementary school period. We divided the period of six years into three stages, and designed completely different buildings for each stage. By dividing the space for six buildings and three corridors into courtyards of different sizes, with paths penetrating and connecting the enclosures, we created a variety of views and multi-layered exterior spaces.

The last stop of the workshop first day was a field trip to Baja urban village [located in the Northeastern direction of Tsignhua University] and crammed in-between Beijing’s 5th Ring-road, a water-way and surrounding large-scale real-estate developments. By focusing the  School+ WORKSHOP on a real-site in Beijing, the objective was to find some site specific solution for an urban, social, economic and educational condition that is a quite common phenomenon in the development of Chinese cities today.

A walk through the village led to impromptu site-analysis, discussions, documentation and speculation about the future of these villages, as well as the role of educational environments in these areas.
Should schools be temporal, flexible and migratory, almost in the same way as its inhabitants are?
Or should a school be a beacon of stability in a rapidly shifting urban environment?
Below, a few snapshots documenting the morning field-trip to two educational environments, plus the visit to Baja, from its Southeastern end – under Beijing’s 5th Ring [North] Road, till its nearby Northern water-way.

Family Box visit | w/ Binke Lenhardt, crossboundaries architects
Family Box visit | w/ Binke Lenhardt, crossboundaries architects

Primary School Affiliated to Tsinghua University, Beijing | w/ Prof. Wang LiFang
Primary School Affiliated to Tsinghua University, Beijing | w/ Prof. Wang LiFang

Case study site: Baja urban village, Beijing | March 2012
Case study site: Baja urban village, Beijing | March 2012

School + WORKSHOP | DAY I | Finnish Architecture Symposium

School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25
School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25

School+ WORKSHOP:
Finland-Beijing architecture exchange on educational spaces
Date: Friday, March 23 2012 | 16:00 – 18:00
Date: 2012年3月23日(周五)16:00-18:00
16:00 – 16:30 Launch of World Architecture Magazineissue on Finnish Architecture
16:00 – 16:30 清华大学建筑学院王泽生厅
16:30 – 18:00 Finnish Architecture Symposium
16:30 – 18:00 ‘芬兰新建筑’作品展开幕式暨《世界建筑》‘芬兰新建筑’专题发布会
16:30 – 18:00 Museum of Finnish Architecture 芬兰建筑博物馆JKMM Architects +
16:30 – 18:00 Verstas ArchitectsHuttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects + helsinkizürich.
16:30 – 18:00 Invited and moderated discussions with Chinese architects, in coordination with WA
Venue: Tsinghua University – School of Architecture  [entrance & lecture hall]
Venue: (South Gate) ChengFu Road, HaiDian District
地址: 清华大学 – 建筑学院 – 北京市 海淀区 五道口 成府路 清华大学 南门

With special thanks to Prof. Dean Zhu Wenyi 朱文一 [Tsinghua School of Architecture], Prof. Wang Lu 王路 [World Architecture magazine] and Mikko Puustinen [Press & Cultural Counsellor at Embassy of Finland to China] for their support and make the launch of WA – issue on Finnish Architecture happen.

Prof. Dean Zhu Wenyi - Tsinghua School of Architecture
Prof. Dean Zhu Wenyi - Tsinghua School of Architecture

Martta Louekari | World Design Capital Helsinki 2012
Martta Louekari | World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

Mikko Puustinen | Press & Cultural Counsellor at Embassy of Finland to China
Mikko Puustinen | Press & Cultural Counsellor at Embassy of Finland to China

Teemu Kurkela & Antti Ahlava present for the Museum of Finnish Architecture
Teemu Kurkela & Antti Ahlava present for the Museum of Finnish Architecture

Antti Ahlava [helsinkizurich] | Tsinghua University
Antti Ahlava [helsinkizurich] | Tsinghua University

Uula Kohonen [Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects] | Tsinghua University
Uula Kohonen [Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects] | Tsinghua University

Q&A with Finnish architects | Tsinghua University | March 23, 2012
Q&A with Finnish architects | Tsinghua University | March 23, 2012

School + WORKSHOP | DAY II | Lectures & Research

The second day of the ‘School+ WORKSHOP’ started with a lecture by Prof. Li Xiaodong 李晓东 [Li XiaoDong Atelier 李晓东工作室 /Tsinghua School of Architecture] on reflexive regionalism and the architectural application of this concept in his educational project(s). Further on the morning, program consisted out of various presentations by the workshop participants: Finnish and Chinese architects explaining their expertise and insight into school design, and groups of students presenting preliminary studies and research into the present state of educational design, curriculum and challenges facing Chinese society.

In the afternoon, five groups were formed, each of them consisting out of four students and lead by a team of a Finnish and Chinese architects. Each group was prompt to defined their ambition, set out design parameters and brainstorm about the first educational building concepts.

Below, a selection of impressions [debating, thinking, drawing, sketching, discussing, socializing and questioning] of this second day, for full coverage, check here [DAY II] .

Lecture by Prof. Li Xiaodong | Tsinghua School of Architecture, March 24
Lecture by Prof. Li Xiaodong | Tsinghua School of Architecture, March 24

School+ WORKSHOP | Tutor's discussion
School+ WORKSHOP | Tutor's discussion

School+ WORKSHOP | Group formation
School+ WORKSHOP | Group formation

Antti Ahlava [helsinkizürich/Head of Faculty of Architecture, Aalto University]
Antti Ahlava [helsinkizürich/Head of Faculty of Architecture, Aalto University]

Jussi Palva & Riina Palva [Verstas Architects] | School+ WORKSHOP
Jussi Palva & Riina Palva [Verstas Architects] | School+ WORKSHOP

Presentation by WANG Shuo [META-Project] | School+ WORKSHOP
Presentation by WANG Shuo [META-Project] | School+ WORKSHOP

Presentation by CHE Fei [CU Office] | School+ WORKSHOP
Presentation by CHE Fei [CU Office] | School+ WORKSHOP

Introduction to students research by WANG Hui [Tsinghua School of Architecture]
Introduction to students research by WANG Hui [Tsinghua School of Architecture]

Graduate students research on Chinese education [Tsinghua School of Architecture]
Graduate students research on Chinese education [Tsinghua School of Architecture]

School + WORKSHOP | DAY II | Work-in-progress

School + WORKSHOP | DAY II | First group presentation

School + WORKSHOP | DAY III | Middle review

The third and final day of the ‘School+ WORKSHOP’ started with a morning presentation and discussion of the findings of each group. Even with limited time, concise concepts started to emerge, architectural application and adaptations of the urban village were visualized, while vertical villages, libraries, mobile units and floating schools were projected on the site. Each group produced sets of images and analysis that were instantaneously incorporated into a possible future for the instable social, architectural and educational future of Baja urban village.

Below, a selection of impressions [presenting, finalizing, reworking, rethinking, adjusting and adapting] of this third day, for full coverage, check here  [DAY III].

School + WORKSHOP | DAY III | Work-in-progress

School + WORKSHOP | DAY III | Final presentation

School+ WORKSHOP:
Finland-Beijing architecture exchange on educational spaces
学校+工作坊:芬兰-北京教育空间建筑交流

SYNOPSIS
The objective of the 3-day School+ WORKSHOP  is to instigate a discussion – through architectural design – about the present state of and future opportunities for educational environments in China. Through the incorporation of a new/needed social agenda – combining different age and social groups [e.g. in a new type of intermixed school], the framework or school design will be broadened, thus leading to unexpected, and mutually reinforcing, results.

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Pictures by movingcities.org

School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25
School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25

Between March 23rd-25th 2012, MovingCities, together with Newly Drawn [画卷初成] and World Architecture Magazine [世界建筑 杂志], organized the three-day School+ WORKSHOP. Hosted by the School of Architecture – Tsinghua University [清华大学建筑学院] in Beijing 北京, this event is part of the 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue [EU2012中国文化对话年]. Supported by: Museum of Finnish Architecture [Helsinki 芬兰建筑博物馆], Embassy of Finland [Beijing], Aalto University [Helsinki]; and World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 [2012 世界设计之都赫尔辛基 开放的赫尔辛基].

  • School+ WORKSHOP | Finland-Beijing [announcement] _March 21, 2012
  • School+ WORKSHOP | Finland-Beijing [Field Trip] _April 3, 2012
  • School+ WORKSHOP | Finland-Beijing [Ideas & Sketches] _April 4, 2012

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