The Urban Weave ::||
Partner project Designers: Desiree Edge + Houzhe Xu
Year: Spring 2012
Professor: Enrique Gustavo Crembil
The main objective was how to use weaving strategies to make connections at an urban scale of the Huangupu River to an industrial area that needed revitalization to influence a growth of commerce and entertainment for tourists and locals.
The interaction between the Huangpu River and existing road system of the old and new city, was a design focus to capture. The change in movement throughout the overall urban scheme to make direct connections on ground and elevated levels were important to distinguish in order to bring in connected attractions to the micro scale of the site. By making connections visually and physically to the existing context, it helped provoke interwoven design strategies throughout. By identifying key connection points outside of the context, the design makes direct connections to the outside attractions as a way to draw movement into the site. Through interlinked circulation lines, the design creates a sense of direction at multi-levels that interwove into itself to make direct connections at different levels. The points identified outside of the site, not only direct the start of the wrap, but also the points of location for the design to connect on the ground with the existing road system in order to provoke a dialogue with the ground plane and the plane above the road.
Tower Wrapped Structure:
From the ideas of the conceptual model, the same strategy was implemented for the tower’s structure and massing. By determining where the curves intersected from the different angles established, the location of the vertical towers and the circulation cores were developed. In order to draw people into the vertical cores through a triangular path system similar to the movement of the general circulation introduced in the overall urban plan, the intersecting lines pulls up in section at the center of the triangulation from the ground to the sky park to create an hour glass shaped configuration that helps transition into all elevated parks respectively. Using the technique of looping and twisting, the physical model made smooth connections for each condition while implying a diagonal structured system for the links to intertwine. Through the woven system, the vertical massing allowed for internal structure and a void that allowed for a different degree of transparency through the model. The conceptual model pushed the design into a continuous system between the towers, sky park, and elevated park coincidentally.
Program Through the Wrap:
The program of the design was generated through the same idea of the wrapped forms designed. By the tower’s massing being larger at top and bottom, the main areas of attraction are able to interact with the entertainment and retail zones that links with the towers. This moves into most of the commercial, hotel, and office spaces where the elevated park intersects itself. This intersection serves as a main connection point for the elevated park and the tower that transition to the sky park vertically.
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