Instructor: Mary-Anne Ray
Location: Beijing, China
Dates Abroad: May 5- July 4, 2010
The BASEbeijing program is operated by the Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise [B.A.S.E.] in conjunction with the UM Taubman College. BASEbeijing is the first center for architecture in Beijing and hosts lectures, exhibitions, and laboratory space for special projects. BASEbeijing offers students and practitioners of architecture the opportunity to investigate a wide range of architectural and urban topics developing in contemporary China. The BASEbeijing program intends to not only enrich the academic interests, research, and design experimentation and production of practitioners and students alike, but also to further cultural and institutional exchange within design related disciplines.
BASEbeijing is situated in the setting of China, the city of Beijng (that is simultaneously ancient and very 21st century), and the Urban Village of Caochangdi (which has recently been written up by Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times as one of the world’s hottest art spots). This setting brings with it a fascinating context, a context of change, and of production, design, and art. We will draw from this and engage it under the big shed roof BASEbeijing space and in our forays out into the city and into China.
There are a whole series of projects on the table that range from making things with the hands, prototyping designed things in some of the many fabrication shops and factories in China, working on documenting, understanding and interacting with the network of space between Urban and Rural China, documenting and measuring traditional and vernacular Chinese architecture, studies in Chinese Perspective as a challenge to the corporate and commercial three-dimensional tizzy that architecture has fallen into under the mandates of 3-D software, looking at Chinese Cinema and the City, assembling a “Lexicon of Chinese Urbanism” and a “Manural (of) Urbanism” to speculative and/or real design projects or competitions especially in the context of the Urban and Rural Chinese Village
Studio Proposal (PDF 1.5MB)