Implantation

As the frontline of China’s experiment of application of the market value of urban lands, Pearl River Delta (PRD) area had witnessed an early example of so-call Pan-urbanism. The spread of the city from inward and outward dismembered the original urban-rural organic that had been naturally growing throughout the regional history. Local material culture and techniques were fading out. Generic building and city form have been shading people’s daily life. When the city keeps fast growth, some other parts become dead and vacant. Many early industrial sites are abandoned and become hollows of the Pan‐urban structure. Then, what would be our attitude towards these recent relics: Tabula Rasa or to maintain (part of) the history? Is individual architect able to influence the urban process with minimal architecture actions? Could abandoned industrial buildings’ reconversion leave sufficient flexibility to future development, while still maintaining the memory of the past?

The task for this studio is therefore an architectural experiment implementing within the functional post-industrial space(s) in order to compose a new spatial narrative incorporating the new and the old. “Implantation” was introduced to students as a design strategy to work for this task. Through a comprehensive urban study in the first phase, students started to build up their personal design positions upon the site. On the basis of this research phase, each student is required to choose to study specific building(s)/artefacts, and to design one (or one series) of architectural intervention(s) in or in‐between one or more industrial building(s)/artefacts. In the final review, each student presented his own complete spatial (compounding the old and the new) narrative in an architectonic way.