Super! Expo Urbanism
This proposal for Beijing urbanizes the expo through a highway-infill strategy that connects the existing fabric with a distributed architecture of variously scaled displays, small shops, workshops and walkable streets. A flexible city, Super! takes advantage of the existing Beijing South Railway Station as a link for regional and national travel suggesting its surroundings as an ideal location for expo facilities that enable both large and small scale gatherings and display. The proposal juxtaposes a variety of scales that have often been separated into discrete entities maintaining little relationship with their context. Through a dense network of tree-lined streets, granular block structure and the blending of seemingly disparate scales of use, Super! argues for the viability of the expo as a diverse and lively urban fabric. The combination of exhibition facilities, shops, residential towers, conference workshops and loft spaces throughout the district reframes commercial activity in Beijing by connecting production, marketing and consumption in a synthetic entangling of uses typically kept separated. By breaking them into workable pieces of urbanism through a variety of scales, the expo’s typical footprint is fractured to produce a series of lively urban spaces in-between that invigorate the district during off-times and takes advantage of temporary visitors.