School+ WORKSHOP | Wrap Up & Review

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

The third and final day of the School+ WORKSHOP consisted out of a series of short brainstorms, instant projections and rapid, though critical, conclusions by the several teams. We saw floating schools being finalized, vertical schools structurally analyzed, new learning environment stacked and launched and the time after school programmed in a playful manner. A couple of snapshots from a very successful Sunday. Thanks to all involved!

After a Saturday (and evening) loaded with new ideas, strategies and set of sketches, on Sunday morning the workshop leaders and students gathered to review their own work and comments on the findings of the other groups. After analysis [presenting, finalizing, reworking, rethinking, adjusting and adapting] of the problem – both of educational environments in general and the Baja urban village in specific -, each team tested the potential of inserting a new program on the site and thought about ways how to connect this with the a possible future for the instable social, architectural and educational condition of its local people, their place and the generation of knowledge through temporal or fixed programs.

School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 25

A couple of the groups explained their concepts as following:

We did some research on the the routes and primary school distribution in Bajia area and found that No.1 Qinghe Primary School is the only elementary school for the residence in a perimeter of 1000 meters. On certain routes, children from migrant areas and nearby citizens’ residences will go home along the same way. Thus, this road is ideal for having good time together. (Group 1 Way Back Home)

The basic unit of the school system starts from the rectangular modular elements, which come in different sizes that can be adapted to different functions. […] While each unit can represent a type of new learning space, that units combined together to make a new type of school building that responses to the context. New Architecture help to create a new learning process, and eventually change the mentality of education.
(Group 2 积木 ji mu

The answer to social segregation is time-share of spaces. We demand a vertical village, which has mixed uses, strong potential for social inclusion, continues village communality and raises the quality of housing of the poor. Simultaneously the closed community becomes open. The affordable building can be inhabited by the lowest class OR also by the middle class – no problem! (Group 4 Vertical School+)

Below, a selection of snapshots.
Extended version here and background to the School+ WORKSHOP here.

School+ WORKSHOP | work-in-progress

School+ WORKSHOP | Final presentation/review [5+1 groups]

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Finland-Beijing architecture exchange on educational spaces

Between March 23rd-25th 2012, MovingCities, together with Newly Drawn [画卷初成] and World Architecture Magazine [世界建筑], 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. Supported by: Museum of Finnish Architecture [Helsinki], 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].

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School+ WORKSHOP | Beijing, March 23-25

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