After over two months of work, and so much help from Nicholas, Amanda, the crew at K1ND, Yanglei, Sheng Qiang, and his students at Beijing Jiaotong University, and of course Bea, Evelyn and the rest of the team at Beijing Design Week, the Octopus Pavilion has finally come fully to life! Opening party on September 24th was a big hit. Thanks all for the incredible work, perseverance, and support from everyone involved!!
The Soft City Platform will be part of the 2016 Beijing Design Week in the historic Baitasi (White Stupa Temple) neighborhood of Beijing. The platform will include the installation of the octopus pavilion, an inflatable structure incorporated into an existing Hutong courtyard. This pavilion will host a series of events, including the Soft City forum, with interdisciplinary panels discussing how the increasing integration of technology, ecology, economies, and politics are changing the way we think about and design in and through the city.
This is a project was developed by student Dongni Lu as part of the Fluid Spaces studio by Profs Sheng Qiang and myself at Tianjin University School of Architecture in the Spring of 2012. It explores the evolving relationship between the production of space and the organization of social activity in the hutong alleyways of Tianjin, China. This project simulates the process by which these alleyway streets are shaped through the encroachment and decay of house boundary walls into the public space of the street. The patterns of occupation of the public space and the highly localized street topology serve to define one-another through this historic process of accretion. Overall the system seeks a dynamic equilibrium between the conflicting desires for the expansion of private space vs. the need for the constitution of a functional public domain for circulation, social gather, commerce, and play.