Shenyang Working Group Participants
In August 2015, Christoph Lueder, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape, travelled to Shenyang China, for a joint summer school with Northeastern University Shenyang. At the invitation of Professor Wei Gu, Assistant Dean of the School of Architecture at NEU, and in collaboration with colleagues Prof. Cheng and Prof Xie at NEU, the summer school engaged a community near Xieaoheyan Road and Nanyun River.
‘A Movement Toward Open Transformation’ Review – Prof Jia Beisi, University of Hongkong
In a first phase, students interviewed residents, capturing the oral history of the area alongside personal stories and a survey of the ingenious uses of shared and private spaces to be found there. Informed by the survey and its analysis, inclusive future scenarios were then proposed and contextualised. The summer school was supported by online reviews and training seminars with Iulia Fratila, urbanist and architect and with Alexandru Malaescu, alumni and researcher at Kingston University London.
Presentations and discussions over Skype were kindly offered by Professor Siobhan Campbell, an Irish poet and researcher who has developed methodologies for “interviewing in-place”, as well as by Dr. Andrea Pino, Dr. Nina Hormazebal CIGIDEN-Universidad Técnico Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, and Professor Lautaro Ojeda, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, on the appropriation of space across cultures and time.
A parallel summer school studio was led by Professor Jia Beisi, University of Hongkong, on “A Movement towards Open Transformation”, informed by Professor Jia’s leading research on time-based architecture http://www.open-building.org/members/jia.html. Their agenda and work proved a valuable inspiration and asset to the Kingston studio.
The following are excerpts taken from the Shenyang workshop:
The Kingston team of Christoph Lueder, Iulia Fratila and Alexandru Malaescu previously collaborated with colleagues from Universidad Técnico Federico Santa María and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile looking at alternatives to planned urban development in Chilean cities and recording the typologies of buildings and shared spaces in urban villages as well as in territories of informal urbanisation. Click to read ‘Atlas of Negotiated Typologies – Ingenious Alternatives to Planned Urban Development’