Shanghai Urban Design Yale Advanced Studio, Alan Plattus
INSTRUCTOR Alan Plattus SITE Shanghai, China (North Sichuan Road Station) PROGRAM (Individually determined) commercial shops and anchors, shophouses, informal shops, rural inmigrant housing, upper-income housing
Through hybridizing formal and informal activities based around infrastructure, this project cultivates locally based production and consumption patterns. Reacting to the upward trend of the savings percentage, the shift from rural to urban, and the explosive increase in connectivity, the proposal boosts assimilation through business development and uses embedded and interactive technologies to support access and collaboration. The imperfect intersection of Shanghai’s new Line 10 subway provides an opportunity to link the Baoshan Road station with its used/fake electronics market with the North Sichuan Road station and its growing podium blocks. Through a new “superstructure” of bike and walking paths, branches activate the street edges, occupy the vacant upper podium spaces through open-air markets, and connect to a series of modified lilong blocks.