AA Landscape Urbanism Academic Project – Ecotransitional Urbanism | Jorge Ayala

• June 10, 2009

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An academic project from the Landscape Urbanism Program at the AA School - Ecotransitional Urbanism, designed by Jorge Ayala to explore the relationship between the built and its context.

+ Design statement courtesy of Jorge Ayala

It was in 2000 that the Chinese government formulated a plan to build 400 new cities by 2020, in order to install the migration coming from the countryside towards the new urban agglomerations. This is the equivalent of 20 cities per week.

The site, located on the Qi’Ao Island, 27 square kilometer island in the north of Zhuhai, has the potential to become a gateway for Hong Kong – Shenzhen due to its strategic location and the increasing passenger flows through it. The island is threatened to become another generic Chinese urbanization that spread across farmlands. Thus the signs of scarcity of water resources, deforestation, fish farming and industrial pollution are already present.

Jorge Ayala (AALU 2007-2008) started first with a research of new materials for the city with regards to performance and functionality. The project generated a rich base of indexes which traduce environmental, topographical and geographical parameters into a material ready to be use for the design. The spatial strategy that Ecotransitional Urbanism uses is an implementation of the relationship between the built and its context.

The proposition consists of a mesh as a model of density and diversity within an urban framework that seeks to understand, articulate, and visualize possibilities for the hyper dense, programmatic difference, and radically optimized new agglomerations in China.

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Diagram courtesy Jorge Ayala

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Diagram courtesy Jorge Ayala

+ All images courtesy Jorge Ayala

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