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Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China, Part 1

 

Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China, Part 1
Xiamen: The Megaplot
Edited by: Christopher Lee

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Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City in China documents the first year of a three-year research and design study on the future of the Chinese city. A collection of essays and design conjectures, this report focuses on the city of Xiamen and particularly on the ubiquitous megaplot. Asserting that the megaplot has dissolved the idea of the city as a common space, the studio projects present an alternative urban strategy, conceiving a common framework for housing, work space, nature, and civic functions. The critique recuperates the cultural logic of Chinese civilization that underpins all its aesthetic production: the alternation of binary opposites, in this case the reciprocal elements of architecture and landscape, to maintain equilibrium. It sows the seed for an alternative idea of the city for China.

Studio Instructor
Christopher C. M. Lee

Teaching Associate
Simon Whittle

Students
Sonja Cheng

Aanya Chugh

Lik Hang Gu
Waqas Jawaid

Michael Leef

Roy Yu-Ta Lin
Ryan Otterson
Ryley Poblete

Matthew Scarlett
John Martin Tubles

Jisoo Yang
Jonghyun Yi

Harvard GSD AECOM Project of China

This report was sponsored by the AECOM Fund for China Studios

ISBN: 978-1-934510-36-0 



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