Beijing Studio : Redevelopment of the Pan Jia Yuan Antique Market
As one of Beijing's important antique markets, the Pan Jia Yuan Antique Market is both popular with the locals as well as a leading tourist attraction. Over the years, various changes to the market stalls and public spaces have been undertaken, resulting in more of an efficient than an attractive series of buildings and spaces.
The task of redeveloping the market and an area of influence to be determined by a systems analysis provides the chance to create a dense urban nucleus that continues to be devoted to the sale of antiques as well as to the integration of other programs such as living, working and local transport. Furthermore, given the Chinese tradition copying as a form of paying tribute to the works of masters, this studio will seek to integrate contemporary standards and needs, including sustainable infrastructure and traffic planning, with the grand tradition of Chinese landscape design.
This studio contends that with the current rapid urban development in China, sites and tasks such as the Pan Jia Yuan Antique Market could propose a synthesis of tradition and contemporary standards in order to provide places of strong cultural identity, passage, recreation and environmental relief, thereby becoming a paradigm for other neighborhoods and cities across China.
The intention of the joint, interdisciplinary studio is to propose the redesign of the market and surroundings with mixed use on the upper levels as well as accommodating the antiques market at ground level, establishing a network of public landscaped spaces such as inner city pocket parks, • as a provision of moments of repose and recreation,
• as an offer of more intimate and personal spaces,
• as a creation of interstitial urban life
• as an invitation to pedestrian and bicycle traffic,
• as an environmental improvement on a micro-climatic scale.
The joint, interdisciplinary studio at UT is going to be composed of six teams of three students per team, consisting of 1 student each from landscape architecture, CRP/Urban Design and architecture. The studio will be jointly instructed by Professors Junfeng Jiao, Gabriel Diaz Montemayor and Wilfried Wang.
There will be corresponding teams at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Students from the Landscape Architecture and Architecture program will register for ARC696 or ARC560R for 6 credit hours. Students from the Community & Regional Planning (CRP) program will register for CRP685D-3 for 6 credit hours.
It is proposed that the visit to China will take place in the first half of September 2015. The visit will be based in Beijing and environs. Students wishing to extend their visit need to be aware of the visa specifications.
The studio lottery has taken place during week beginning 1 May 15.