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Group 17 { What Makes it China? }

Chinese city development // Roll Painting // Presentation skills

Atelier: Intimate City

Tutorial session. Students brought their interim outputs and each group had 20 minutes for presentation and discussion.
Posted 13 May 2014 22:06
After Dr. David Haley's lecture and Chinatown visiting, the students did brain storming in group, then gave brief presentations about their topic.
Posted 13 May 2014 22:01
Good communication with Chinese students from ZUT. Their projects are including green space study in campus, old building recycling, CBD in Zhengzhou, garbage recycling, etc. Very illuminating.
Posted 13 May 2014 21:47
Continuing on the research conducted, we decided we wanted to make better use of the car park space whilst finding ways to deal with Chinatown's huge amount of food waste that is produced daily. The resultant idea is to create A new York "High Line" style raised platform garden which will be bedded with compost created from the food waste.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:55
Investigating Manchester's Chinatown we concluded that it is a badly organised space. It is in a prime location in the centre of the city yet in the middle of Chinatown, there is a car park. Furthermore. This is a serious waste of public space and could be put to much greater use.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:49
Writing the 500 words gave me an interesting insight into modern Chinese urbanism and the the problems it faces with its vast expanse of growth and wealth making. Furthermore it showed that China unlike most industrialised nations is still changing meaning it can adapt to modern day phenomena such as global warming when well established infrastructures in the Western world is very unflexible to change.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:44
The last step was to create master plan. We decided to allocate curving path which will connect central pavilion with main path. There is also new access point (moon gates) between car park and garden. New car park can fit around 10 vehicles.
Posted 13 May 2014 18:19
The next step was to decide which elements we will include in our garden. We decided to arrange: Tai Chi, praying zone, stone garden and resting area in Chinese Pavilion. We will use various materials: stone, wood, water to put the pressure in to human senses impressions.
Posted 13 May 2014 18:09
Our group had chose the car park in the centre of Chinatown as our site. We found that there are a lot car park nearby so it seems a bit unnecessary. We want to transform the space to a green space. We then discuss the possible activities. Finally we had decided to use the space for open space cinema.
Posted 11 May 2014 17:51
We visited Chinatown after the talk. We explore the site and did some research and interviews. We then discuss about feelings being in the area. We also talked about how Chinatown is connected to Manchester and problems of the area.
Posted 11 May 2014 17:05
Before our first meeting, we are asked to write a short paragraph about urbanism in China. In our first meeting, Dr. David Haley gave us a talk about his visit to China and urban China. He also presented some work of his Chinese students. The talk is inspiring as it gives us a lot of informations about current development and urbanization in China.
Posted 11 May 2014 15:24
After the talk of Dr. David Haley, We had to go and observer the china town in Manchester.We went with our group to analyse the urbanism of the site and searching for any inspirations .Personally, i inspirited by the traditional chinese architectural style, which i found at the entrances of the the car park.I took some photos and create some quick sketches.
Posted 10 May 2014 15:22
The second part of the day was to go for a walk in China town in Manchester and observe as a first stage before meeting our groups and analyse what we found.I was particularly interested in materiality used in the landscape of China town as well as vegetation,because I think these are the elements that are creating the distinctive character of the area.
Posted 10 May 2014 14:06
In our first meeting Dr. David Haley gave us a talk on Chinese cities and presented us some of his Chinese students work.It was really interesting and inspiring as it gave us a different perspective on the subject and so our ideas for future China towns could be brodened.
Posted 10 May 2014 12:39
Our first task,before our first meeting,was to write a brief essay on our interests about today's and future Chinese city based on the discussion of some thesis about Chinese urbanism which we were given.
Posted 10 May 2014 12:14
During our third meeting we decided to choose appropriate site. Car Park is located in the centre of China Town, near Chinese Arch. During Chinese New Year that place was changed in to plaza for fireworks and Tai Chi scene. That place should be a good mark for Chinese district, and because of that we decided to change car park to Chinese garden.
Posted 10 May 2014 00:43
The second step was to do urban research. We were crossing China Town and searching for ideas/ inspirations. We where focus on patterns, lighting and greenness.
Posted 10 May 2014 00:27
The first session took place in Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. After Dr David Haley presentation, our group discuss about further development of cities. We where trying to answer a few questions: What are the opportunities for next generations? How China Town is connected with Manchester City?
Posted 9 May 2014 23:59
For the first our meeting,We had to submit a brief essay in 500 words about present and future urbanism in Chinese cities.Dr.David Haley gave us a talk about urban china and present his Chinese students presentations.The talk was really interesting.
Posted 8 May 2014 01:22
We visit Chinatown to conduct an urban research. My group mate Nico and I were most interested in neon signs in Chinatown. Neon signs is one of Hong Kong's famous urban scenery, which raised my attention into the "authenticity" in Chinatown. We came up with a prediction that there will be more neon signs in future Chinatown as it is in HK and decided to carry on looking into it for our proposition.
Posted 7 May 2014 01:48
Prior to our first meeting, we are to write about urbanism in present and future China. In our first event meeting, we were given a talk by David on urban China with work of some Chinese students. It was inspiring as it gives me new perspective towards Chinatown.
Posted 7 May 2014 01:21
Group members started to work on an urban research on China Town and consider their proposition for future China Town in Manchester. This is a workshop where each group presented their ideas on the topic.
Posted 6 May 2014 22:26
Dr. David Haley (collaborator: Visiting Professor of Zhongyuan University of Technology) gave us a wonderful talk on Chinese City and introduced his Chinese student presentations on Zhongyuan urban research and proposition for future China.
Posted 6 May 2014 22:22