Related Staff : Tiger Lin
Shanghai’s Yangpu district began its industrial development when the Qing Dynasty approved and built the first paper factory in China in 1882. Numerous other factories were built in the district in the following decades, many of which became the earliest factory of that kind in China. Due to the need for water for factory operations, and the fact that the major means of transportation was by ship at that time, most of the industrial plants were built along the Huangpu riverfront of Yangpu District because of the ease of acquiring water both as an industrial resource and as a means of transporting materials and goods. This resulted in a remarkable urban industrial scene along the Yangpu waterfront. In project 1, ‘Urban Strategy Practice,’ students recorded, interpreted, and researched the site, finding the significant elements of urban developments and translating the findings into collage maps and sections. Photo documentation and critical mapping were crucial tools for the students to understand man-made infrastructure and natural systems. After a suggested site was provided for further study, students continued their analysis on a neighborhood-scale, building upon the research from the large scale networks. In project 2, ‘ Site Design,’ students engaged with the design and planning of an urban regeneration strategy based on the research and analysis from project 1. Presentation strategies for large scale projects were one of the training focuses and were developed for the final review.