Last Sunday Luis Aguirre talked about some of the projects developed at the Hutopolis research program during the Beijing Creatives 6.0 event.
The presentation included images and videos from two projects for the Dashilar neighborhood in Beijing developed at Tsinghua University and Polytechnic University of Valencia. These projects, with a different approach ranging from soft strategies to hardscape solutions respectively, give an idea of the variety of urban planning typologies for improving the city.
The event counted other speakers such Julian Wilson, founder of Khnunu, Alexander Shapiro, head of strategy at DMG and the economist Lin Hui-Yi, completing a session of inspiring and creatives talks.
Last Sunday November 3rd 2013 Giannantonio Bongiorno presented the program Hutopolis at the “BarCamp” event at the Microsoft Research Center in Beijing PRC.
Giannantonio introduced the principles of the program, the network of events realized since 2010 and the most significant outputs of the research, including projects developed with Tsinghua University, Politecnico di Milano and University of Valladolid. The keynote presentation has been followed by a discussion that highlighted the issues related to the fast urbanization process happening in China.
Hutopolis was presented at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale during the series of conferences organized by ‘Close, Closer’ and LAMIPA. Luis Aguirre talked about the scope of the program, introduced the projects outcome of the research and answered questions from the public about the urbanization process in China.
a Talk by Hutopolis and Lava
Architects, designers and thinkers were called to look at the current conditions of cities and societies projecting their thoughts and ideas into an imaginary prospect. During the event we discussed about some of our “city visions” and how “mapping” could turn them into reality.
The event included interventions from the Hutopolis team, presenting the short movie “Transformations: a dialogue about the evolving city”, the leading agency LAVA and other lecturers from Salon.
“Transformations, a dialogue about the evolving city” is the conclusive event of the Hutopolis reseach program.
A video documentary highlights an overall view on the ongoing transformations of Chinese cities, based upon the alternative strategies and visions proposed to contemporary urban development. The documentary lines up along a dialogue between Chinese experts and the Hutopolis curatorial team.
The conversation becomes a review of the principles followed in the research program and complementary projects where participants are called to answer specific questions about present situation of Chinese cities. This interactive platform anticipates issues from the internal migration of people to the environmental impact of urbanization, providing evidence how dialogue, dissemination and discussion would be a starting point in defining the alternative urban development scenarios.
The thoughts extracted from the dialogue are part of the final chapter of the Hutopolis research publication, a book designed in cooperation with the Dutch graphic design office LAVA, to be launched soon. The event is generously supported by Salon and Wuhao.
Image by Héctor Peinador from the series ‘Only The Hand That Erases Is Able to Write’.
The project ‘Cultural Sharing’ (Sara Fontana) was featured in the exhibition ‘Errors Allowed’ presented at the Young Artists of the Mediterranean last June in Ancona.
With Errors Allowed, the 2013 Biennial theme, the curators team is promoting a critic reflection on traditional “information regimes” and knowledge and training systems, by questioning their vertical institutionalization. Errors Allowed is the city where the new Biennial of Young Artists of Mediterranean makes home from home, week after the Venice Art Biennial.
Mediterranea 16 will host more than 200 artists selected thanks to the International Call promoted by Bjcem in close cooperation with all the associated partners in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
Beijing – Dashilan
October 3rd 2012 – 2 p.m.
The sheer size and rapidity of the changes in asian cities often leave open questions related to the quality of life in the new settlements, issues related to preservation and problems related to identity. In this context the city of Beijing presents multiple chances to consider alternative strategies for the urban planning discipline.
Ideas and projects that steer away from the conventional approach to the development of the urban environment will be discussed at the “How to generate an urban evolution?”.
Luis Aguirre, Giannantonio Bongiorno and Eugenia Murialdo will introduce “Hutopolis: city visions”, the exhibition that collects one year of research, experiments and events organized in China and Europe by the Hutopolis research program. “City visions” wants to explore how the re-use and enhance of the traditional city patterns could lead towards a new evolution of the city.
Nikolaus Wabnitz and Xu Feng will introduce LCD (Laboratory for Computational Design) and the recent research developed within the Dashilan Area.
5 educational institutions, 30 students, 10 tutors and 11 city visions developed on four different sites. This is the result of one year of research. The project previews are now available online. More content and videos in the exhibition opening next 27th in Beijing.
Following “Next step: Hutopolis”, presented during Beijing Design Week 2011, “City visions” wants to understand how the re-use and enhance of the traditional city patterns could lead towards a new evolution of the city.
The social and economical transformations which are happening in both Russia and China are parallel in many ways and both countries are experiencing the shift from a planned economy to new models of development. Cities of both countries are changing and a new evolution is shaping the urban environment: in megalopolis such as Moscow and Beijing this leaves unanswered questions related to quality of life, preservation as well as social and economic contrasts.
During a 6 days workshop the participants will develop new solutions to common sets of problems that afflict both capitals with projects that link the field of urban development, architecture and new media. After comparing sites in both cities and using the tool of “soft urbanism” we aspire to answer this question:
How can a new approach to urbanism (“soft urbanism”) contribute to the city and to urban development?
The projects will consist in ideas to convey new values for specific sites in both Moscoe and Beijing, like: services, new functions, installations and urban games, represented through analogic, digital or hybrid digital/ analogic presentations.
The workshop will be led by the “Hutopolis” team (Giannantonio Bongiorno, Luis Aguirre, Eugenia Murialdo) with prof. Frans Vogelaar and Elizabeth Sikiaridi and the support of other lecturers and researchers.