Project Post-Industrial Riverfront: Research of Sustainable Planning Strategies at Industrial Legacy site

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.

Project Post-Expo Riverfront: Research of Sustainable Planning Strategies at Mega-Event Legacy Site

The Shanghai Expo was touted by the Chinese government as yet another first-rate global scale event, similar in significance to the Beijing Olympics, which were set to symbolize the economic and political rise of China in the 21st century. The event would demonstrate the enormous progress of China’s urban development in the heart of the nation’s economic hub of Shanghai, to both the Chinese populace and foreign nations. The event received extensive media coverage in the Chinese media in the lead up to, and during, the World Expo. China analyst Tom Doctoroff stated that “In terms of what the city was able to achieve, the Chinese were impressed.” Taking Shanghai’s increasing internationalization as a base, the studio was structured into two projects. Project 1: Urban Strategy Practice – Site Record, Interpretation, and Research Students were analyzing the significant elements of the urban fabric and their temporal development, and translated their findings in well formatted collage maps and sections. Photos and critical mapping were crucial for the students to understand the man-made infrastructure and natural system. More detailed exploration continued, based on the issues derived from the theme of a focused area. The further analysis of the research area at a neighborhood-scale was built upon the research from the large scale networks. 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 studied and developed before the final review.

Project Post-Expo Riverfront

The goal of the studio seeks to develop an understanding of urban development in history by taking the World EXPO site in Shanghai, to discover the hidden factors driving the changes of the site before and after the big event, and to develop a projection of its future development. The site of the event is between the Nanpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge region in the center of Shanghai along both sides of the Huangpu River. By finding their significant elements in urban developments, students are asked to translate the findings in photos and critical mapping to understand man-made infrastructure and natural system, and continue to develop their exploration of issues derived from the observation.The structure of the studio includes observation, translation, and generation. Students are asked to complete the three sessions of practice to develop a thorough thinking and examining process for urban issues, and to engage with the design and planning of an urban regeneration strategy based on the research and analysis.

Project Post-Expo Riverfront

The Shanghai Expo was touted by the Chinese government as yet another first-rate global scale event, similar in significance to the Beijing Olympics, which would symbolize the economic and political rise of China in the 21st century. The event would demonstrate to both the Chinese populace and foreign nations the enormous progress of China’s urban development in the heart of the nation’s economic hub of Shanghai. The event received extensive media coverage in the Chinese media both in the lead up and during the World Expo. According to China analyst Tom Doctoroff, “In terms of what the city was able to achieve, the Chinese were impressed. Shanghai stepped up a level in internationalization Project 1: Urban strategy practice – site record, interpretation, and research By finding their significant elements in urban developments, in time scales, and translate the findings in well formatted collage map(s) and sections. Photos and critical mapping will be crucial for the students to understand man-made infrastructure and natural system. Students will continue their exploration of issues derived from the theme of their interests in a focused area. A suggested site will be provided for further study. Analysis of the research area at a neighborhood-scale will build upon the research from the large scale networks. Project 2: Site Design Students will engage with the design and planning of an urban regeneration strategy based on the research and analysis from project 1. Presentation strategy for large scale project will be one of the training focuses, and be studied and developed before the final review.

Urban Design Studio: Renewal and Development in Jiading

This studio will focus on training of observation and reexamination of the current urban development of Jianding District, to explore potential landscape and urban strategies for its future position. The studio will start from large scale analysis of the Jiading district, to decipher hidden layers of urban networks, resources and building technologies, and political and economic factors forming the current cultural, physical, and ecological textures of the city. By evaluating the existing development of Jiading district, the studio will further look into a smaller scale site in the Ancient City, and narrow the research down to a specific site of their interest as a foundation for redeveloping strategies of the site accordingly.