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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.

The studio has been a transdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Architecture MADA and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

www.kunshanstudio.com.au

Investigators
Markus Jung, MADA Department of Architecture, XPACE architecture + urban design
Jon Shinkfield, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Realm Studios

Contributors
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
Maud Cassaignau, XPACE architecture + urban design
Frank Chow, frc design Hong Kong
Geoffrey London, UWA School of Architecture
Diego Ramirez-Lovering, MADA Department of Architecture

Funded by
Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)

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

Kunshan Studio
Yangtze River, flooding areas

Kunshan Studio
2.2 x 2.7 km Site with Rice Paddies

Kunshan Studio
Site

Kunshan Studio
Food Production, branding Kunshan

Kunshan Studio
Food Production, fruit & vegetable coverage

Kunshan Studio
Food Production, aquaponics tower

Kunshan Studio
Food Production, distribution system

Kunshan Studio
Knowledge Production, gateway

Kunshan Studio
Knowledge Production, programmes & density

Kunshan Studio
Social Production, central spine

Kunshan Studio
Social Production, analyses Suzhou

Kunshan Studio
Social Production, programmes & density

Kunshan Studio
Social Production, public realm

Kunshan Studio
Water Production, view phasing

Kunshan Studio
Water Production, concept fresh water production

Kunshan Studio
Water Production, new wetland neighbourhoods

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