The studio will take on the topic of cultural tourism in the context of China’s westward expansion related to its Belt and Road project, as well as questioning the relationship between cultural production (architecture) and cultural consumption (tourism).
This studio will be looking specifically at the tourist rail connection between Xi’an and Pingyao. The studio will delve into the topics of cultural tourism, related to John Ruskin’s formative influence on shaping contemporary debates in tourism studies, the impact of heritage tourism, modern forms of secular pilgrimage and the question of cultural identity as a commoditized experience. The notion of the tourist versus the traveler, a notion explored in Paul Bowles’ 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky provides another lens for the studio to investigate the relationships between architecture and the construction of the “tourist gaze”.
Students will take on a speculative project wherein they will be asked to design a traveler’s rest stop (ke zhan, historically a tavern or inn) located in Pingyao.
A Study of The High Density Development In Metropolitan Central Areas
Architecture Design and Study for the Block in East Jinling Road Adjacent To the Bund, Shanghai
While the idea of sustainable development is becoming the mainstream opinion for city development today and in the future, architects and scholars are being fascinated by exploring the architecture strategies to urban high density based upon compact city. To those architects and scholars who are engaged in studying and designing architecture in such cities, the urban high density would be a kind of precondition. Meanwhile the urban high density districts always overlap with the historic and heritage urban surroundings, it is urgent and necessary to find out the approaches and strategies to renew and insert new functions into those districts for the purpose of achieving a dynamic integrated urban space with its context.
The site is located on the corner at the end of East Jinling Road adjacent to the bund, in between of modern buildings along the bund and the previous traditional Chinese town. It faces the Lujiazui CBD across the Huangpu River, and closely near the Linong residential buildings in the west. The district belongs to the historic cultural reservation area in Shanghai. The site is intended to be planned and developed for commercial and public buildings which should be concerned as a whole with its surroundings, the urban space, roads and landscape.
Supervisor:Dr. Chun Fang DONG
Lesson time: 18 weeks
Students number: 12
Note:this course would have been carried out based on an exchange program with the supervisors and students of Osaka University.But due to the epidemic, this time it might be cancelled as joint teaching with Osaka University.