A real time project examining new urban typologies and form for the emerging city of Kunshan in China.
“Water and food security offer both challenges and resources for innovative thinking in urban design.” – Markus Jung
The focus of the research by design studio was an urban precinct that is closely associated with the existing high-speed train station and the adjacent developing city quarter. Through the consideration of new urban form and typologies the project sought an integrated transect through urban agriculture, urban ecology and the city core.
An important exploration for the studio was the historical, cultural and physical condition of Kunshan. The city’s low-lying, regularly inundated topography is the site of China’s earliest rice production, and the network of constructed canals has been central to the city’s early development. Kunshan is evolving from its agricultural past to an urbanized community but continues to maintain strong ties to its agricultural roots.
This transition presents a current challenge – to develop urban typologies and models that demonstrate an integrated position in both architecture and urbanism – a successful urban ecology.
MADA Architecture students Sanderson Bell Anna Black Jackson Caish-Sadlek Samantha Chiam Kate Crosby Hillary Duff Christopher Eggletson Mia Gross Thomas Linschoten Darcy Maginness Anna Margin Alexander McKinnon Christina Seah An Thai
Yangtze River, flooding areas
2.2 x 2.7 km Site with Rice Paddies
Food Production, branding Kunshan
Food Production, fruit & vegetable coverage
Food Production, aquaponics tower
Food Production, distribution system
Knowledge Production, gateway
Knowledge Production, programmes & density
Social Production, central spine
Social Production, analyses Suzhou
Social Production, programmes & density
Social Production, public realm
Water Production, view phasing
Water Production, concept fresh water production
Water Production, new wetland neighbourhoods
MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.