‘A Plug-In Recreational Shelter’

For our ‘Supertent’ proposal we have chosen a generic site at the dimensions of a typical mixed-use plot size. Although we acknowledge the superordinate importance of context, utilizing fictitious context for a vision project seemed counterproductive in the light of rapid Chinese urban development.

We envision the ‘Supertent’ as a dynamic urban generator which can enter into a symbiosis with existing context or it can become the focal point of a new to be built district. It is our observation that the enormous footprint of a conventional mixed-use archetype and more so its duplication throughout the city creates a state of ‘urban tristesse’. Entrances to shopping malls are ‘black holes’ in the urban fabric which contribute to the lack of physical and social connectivity in the urban structure.

The proposal delineates an entire ‘miniature’ city by deploying city planning elements of imageability described as edges, districts, nodes and landmarks. As such the ‘Supertent’ offers a glimpse into a city, its beauty, its order and its chaos. The tent - at the proposed scale inherently a symbol of celebrations - provides cover for recreational activities. Its permeability evades social exclusion and marginalization of public space while offering expandable solutions for commercial program.

As a prerequisite for a well-functioning city hub, public transportation has been anchored at the centre of the ‘Supertent’ rather than being placed on the perimeter of the city block.

‘The aesthetic of incompleteness, apparent throughout the plug-in scheme’ (1) is a tribute to the ever-changing conditions in the hubbub of urban development.

(1) Archigram: Architecture without Architecture, Simon Sadler, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2005

一个插入式的娱乐场所

在‘超级帐篷’的项目里,我们选择了一个与典型综合体地块面积大小相符的场地。虽然我们理解环境的重要性,但是将一个前瞻性项目植入一个假想环境中,似乎在中国快速发展的背景下显得适得其反。

我们将‘超级帐篷’设想成一个可以与现有环境共生的城市发动机或是成为它所在区域的焦点。从我们的观察,传统综合体的巨大占地面积,或者更重要的是遍布在城市里的综合体复制品,会造成一个‘城市忧郁’的状态。购物中心的入口都是都市里的‘黑洞’,让都市结构里缺乏人和社会的联系。

这个设计方案利用城市规划的要素,边界、分区、焦点和地标,来勾画出一个完整的‘微型城市’。这样在‘超级帐篷’便能一睹城市的美貌、规矩、和凌乱。

帐篷,以方案的规模可以是一个庆祝活动的象征,给娱乐活动提供保护。它的渗透性能排除社会排斥和公共空间的边缘化,同时为商业规划提供可扩展的方案。作为一个运作畅通的城市枢纽的先决条件,公共交通背定位在‘超级帐篷’的核心,而不是放在街区的周边。

‘不完整性的美观,在插入式方案显而可见’(1)是向不断变化的城市发展的一个致敬。

1.) Archigram: Architecture without Architecture, Simon Sadler, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Super Tent

超级帐篷