Tianjin Industrial Waterfront Re-Development
Tianjin Industrial Waterfront Re-Development envisions a mixed-use waterfront district that connects to a greater network of urban development along the river’s northern edge while maintaining a diversity of urban fabric by retaining the grid of the site’s industrial past. Through the relocation of the Tanggu Railway station, the site becomes a vital link to Beijing, Tianjin’s city center, and the new Central Business District via the planned high speed rail extension. A variegated urban street network constantly draws residents and visitors down toward and back from the water’s edge with a main pedestrian axis that becomes a promenade toward the river. The end of the promenade is met with a waterfront theater with sub-axes that lead back inland toward the old shipyard factory building and crane yard, reused to be a convention center and sculpture park. Restaurant and shopping amenities are embedded in between the triangulated public hinge points with a corridor of hotels that include ground level retail linking the train station to the convention center. The proposed master plan investigates the duality of the city and the water’s edge as building envelopes respond to the varying conditions set up by the two edges.
Through collaboration with Autodesk, this project aims to develop an aesthetic direction and effective workflow to create a high resolution 3D printed physical space out of the conglomeration of disparate digital entities.
With the advance of technology, the sci-fi world of kitbashing and unlimited ornamentation/articulation is entering the real world. Form is no longer reliant on arranging and manipulating primitives, but is manifested as an aggregate of objects composed to enclose volumes. This particular composition includes a juxtaposition of notable cute objects adjacent to hard edged, streamlined volumes which induces multiple layers of estrangement and ambiguity that is augmented by a material disregard for any original “intentions” these objects might have had.
Architectural Design: CASIS
The project proposes a headquarters for CASIS that explores crystalline growth patterns whose aggregations promote a diffuse rather than segregated programmatic organization. The crystal pods themselves collude and collide, allowing for a dispersal of program elements typically thought of as “private” around two cores within the “public” exhibition gallery. Examining the messy relationship between public and private program, this proposal suggests a misreading of programmatic distribution that is reflected in a misreading of form.