‘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







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

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