Advanced Design Studio: Plattus

Project Description

Beijing is a city characterized, especially in recent years, by mega-scale development. The city is organized by enormous blocks and streets, and has continued to move forward with developing mega scale urban projects.

Coinciding with this super development has been a renewed interest in a smaller, tight knit fabric, perhaps as a relief from the large scale development prominent throughout the city.  Qienmen st, the redevelopment of traditional hutong fabric into shopping streets, MAD’s hutong bubble, and the back lakes area among others have all shown a renewed interest in this type of world.

The proposal is a tightly knit network of regularized streets, canals, pedestrian pathways, and pocket parks beginning by generating a unit of development that was flexible enough to create small scale urban spaces, but could also be altered to frame larger public spaces.  The unit consists of 12 meter wide bars that can be varied in lengths that are ideal to accommodate flexible uses.  The proposal also redistribute the primary central road across the site and creates a more regularized street system to break block sizes down, disperse automobile traffic, and create a more pedestrian oriented world.  The buildings were designed to frame particular public spaces, at a scale that was able to mediate between the large and small fabric across the site. The three overlaid networks consisted of a dedicated pedestrian street, green spaces and waterways that play up existing historical elements on the site and separate the pedestrian from primary arterial roads.  The edges of this system act as appendages that allow for existing neighborhood fabric to tie into new development. The system is anchored by 3 different types of major public spaces.