The Campus Ward of the Hai River Master Plan
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
The Campus Ward of the Hai River Master Plan takes the existing industrial fabric of the site and reconfigures it in a series of individual courtyards. Each courtyard is framed by a different combination of building types and programs. The courtyards are formed by architecturally combining existing and proposed buildings in unique and site specific ways. The courtyard model allows us to combine a typological study with preservation constraints. We propose that each courtyard is to be rented and occupied by a different entity suited to each place. As such, the ward becomes a site for a number of collaborative satellite campuses for education, research, and technology development.
The ward is centered on the existing shipyard area which is turned into a shared common zone for all of the campuses, comprised of a commercial building, an art zone, a sculpture park, and a recreational facility. Additionally, the south-east courtyard adjacent to the central area – previously the site of a large industrial warehouse – becomes a shared facility which serves as a combined workshop and convention center, taking advantage of the existing warehouse’s scale. The four east campuses of the ward are defined programmatically as: educational, performance, research, and the aforementioned shared workshop and convention center.
The Olympic Game
"The Olympic Game" is an athletic hyper-world, designed as a diverse urban environment, specialized for use by Olympic and recreational athletes. The athletic loop, a symbol of the athletic program, is used as the circulation unit on the site, creating an organizational framework for city-making based on the human scale. Defining each loop with a different program and architectural identity, this framework allows for the opportunity to create a diverse urban fabric by taking advantage of the variety of intersections created by the loops across the site. The loop is inherently specific to the human scale, and the series of intersecting loops creates a variety of urban experiences tailored to the human scale, all while articulating the athletic program by doubling as a site for athletic training.
The loop-based framework is replicable and expandable, allowing for the village to be fully integrated into the city after the Olympics. By recoding the city such that its organizational structure moves away from the traditional grid, the project tests the nature of the city and the plausibility of creating a new urban fabric.