education research practice
The Bartlett Chongqing workshop program gives students and practitioners of architecture, urbanism and landscape intensive guided opportunities to imagine and think afresh. Following the 1st workshop of July 2017 which looked at the complex river-city relations in the Pipa Shan/YanZeYan area of Yuzhong, Negotiated City 2 addresses concerns about the liveability - and sustainability - of Chinese cities using Chongqing as our model.
Our context is the ever-changing, always-challenging urban conditions in China: The fast-growth development model of the last 3 decades is under review - on hold in some cities - and now chronic problems persist; environmental pollution, infrastructure severances, over-building beyond needs, de-humanised streets, community dislocations, inequality, personal and economic security questions, employment, education, healthcare needs and the demographic of ageing populations and shrinking workforce.
We ask ourselves about the nature of future architecture and urbanism in China as it adjusts to a new normal of empowering, enriching and optimising cities. Leaders ask for less greenfield development, integration, location specific urban character, ‘culturalisation’, engagement with communities and digital Smart City.
What then is the ‘new urbanism’?
Who is it for?
How will Chongqing engage with world-wide shifts in human development - environmental crises, automation + artificial intelligence, individualised remote communication tools and the flip-side imperative of personal contact, redundancy at work and in older ages and non-work related activity? We ask ourselves about the unique characteristics of Chongqing and how to re-build on its ancient narratives and cultures, how to adapt or how to build afresh.
How can its political, manufacturing and arts heritages transform into new productions and activities? Our approach is to map in the field: not only not only in the physical and environmental dimensions, but by also mapping behaviours, flows and interactions.
Intending enrichment, our plural approach is to interweave multiple readings of the city.
Our approach is to design at the micro, medial and macro scales.
We intend multi-disciplinary and trans-cultural approaches.
“The future comes from the melting of history”
We ask ourselves how living communities can be engaged with and how city level policy can be inspired with fresh visions.
We ask about the practical processes of delivering vision in an ever changing world of rising expectations.
What will CQ be like in 100 years?