Binhai New Area of Tianjin Masterplan

Advanced Studio, Yale School of Architecture, Fall 2014,
Critics: Alan J. Plattus & Andrei Harwell
Project done in collaboration with Jonathan Sun (YSOA ‘15).

Feldman Nominated, published in Retrospecta 39, published in Constructs

The campus ward takes the existing industrial fabric of the site and reconfigures it in a series of individual courtyards. Each of these courtyards is composed of a different combination of building types and programs. The courtyards are formed by architecturally combining existing and proposed buildings in unique and site-specific ways. The courtyard model allows us to develop a typological study with preservation constraints. I propose that each of these courtyards is to be rented and occupied by a different entity [suitable for the varying uses]. As such, the ward becomes a site for a number of collaborative satellite campuses for educa­tion, research, and technology development.

The ward is centered on the existing shipyard area which is turned into a shared common zone for all of the campuses, comprised of a commercial [building], an art zone and sculpture park, and a recreational facility. Additionally, the south-east courtyard adjacent to the central area becomes a shared, common facility which serves as a combined workshop and convention center, taking advantage of the existing warehouse’s scale.

The four east campuses of the ward are defined programmatically as educa­tional, performance, research, and the aforementioned shared workshop and convention center.