School+ WORKSHOP | Ideas & Sketches

School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25
Finland Beijing architecture workshop | School+ WORKSHOP 2012

The second day of the School+ WORKSHOP started with a series of lectures. First by Prof. Li Xiaodong 李晓东 [Li XiaoDong Atelier 李晓东工作室 /Tsinghua School of Architecture] on reflexive regionalism, followed by presentations of Antti Ahlava, Jussi Palva & Riina Palva, WANG Shuo 王硕 and CHE Fei 车飞 zooming in on the Chinese educational environments in relation to their practice. After the words, it was time to work.

The afternoon started with WANG Hui [Tsinghua School of Architecture 清华大学建筑学院建筑系] introducing the preparatory research done by graduate students: a great, insightful, broad and deep analysis of building, policy, social, construction, cultural and economic issues facing the development of Chinese educational precincts.

Afterwards, five groups were formed, each of them consisting out of 3 to 4 students and lead by a team of a Finnish and a Chinese architect. Each of the groups were prompt with defining their ambition and scope while setting out design parameters for their first educational building concepts.

School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25

After a couple of hours of talking, sketching, drawing, discussing, socializing and preparing, the first contours of a possible outcome – a pedagogical project challenging the destructive powers of urban progress – became visible. Strategies included the projection of new educational environments onto the public space and sidewalks of the urban village, the design of a vertical school, creating opportunities to establish a new type of learning, and the design of mobile and floating schools that would roam the outskirts of Beijing 北京.

A couple of the groups explained their concepts as following:

What we want to do, is to create a path for the children which leads them home together slowly and safe. And on the way back home they find interesting things to do and places where they can play with others kids, no matter if they are rich or poor.
(Group 1 Way Back Home)

积木 Ji mu” is the symbol for new learning. It signal the way to a better future. The system of “Ji mu” will be considered as investment of social infrastructure. In the future, all real-estate and state-driven developments should include “Ji mu” as part of the construction process, as a tool leading to better education condition.
(Group 2 积木 ji mu

We didn’t want to settle with an aesthetic solution to the task of developing a school in the area. Instead, we attack the whole issue of social sustainability in Chinese mega–cities. We propose a solution where the non-hukou residents and their schools can stay despite of real estate development. (Group 4 Vertical School+)

Below, a selection of snapshots. Extended version here.

Prof. Li Xiaodong 李晓东 [Li XiaoDong Atelier /Tsinghua School of Architecture]

Antti Ahlava [Head, Architecture Dept, Aalto University/helsinkizürich]

Jussi Palva & Riina Palva [Verstas Architects]

WANG Shuo 王硕 [META-Project]

CHE Fei 车飞 [CU Office 超城工作室]

WANG Hui [Tsinghua School of Architecture] introducing students research

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

School+ WORKSHOP | DAY II | First presentations

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School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25

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