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FAST (Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training) commissioned a feasibility and design study for converting an old 1960s school into a new hub focused on servicing domestic workers. The hub comprises not only dormitories, but also spaces for recreation, training, and areas where these foreign domestic workers can get to showcase their culture. [+]

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The Kowloon Fitness Park Masterplan looks to revitalizing an original fitness trail located in Hong Kong. The project looks to address various issues surrounding the park – from a rapidly aging population to engaging new technologies, sustainability, and accessibility and safety issues. Recognizing that the historical significance of the site, the project attempts to reconcile different time cycles and layers of temporalities. [+]

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This project looks to revitalizing an old abandoned nautical equipment factory in Changzhou city. The city of Changzhou has in recent years attempted to rekindle interest in its industrial history, particularly with the city’s relationship to the historical Grand Canal, an important artery connecting the capital to the hinterlands and trade routes. [+]

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Shanghai has undergone rampant de-industrialization. Pengpu, a once heavily industrialized zone has seen many of the production spaces converted into offices, malls, residences etc in recent years as ways for the city to monetize high land prices. This masterplan seeks to maintain a level of hybridity and informality found onsite, while capitalizing on its proximity to other high-end offices and health facilities. [+]

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This project is located on Stonecutter’s Island in Hong Kong, within a military base. The strategy was to produce a building with 3 large themed areas through “peeling” the landscape and continuing the form of the hill behind as an accessible roof top park. By further cracking open the roof, light and natural ventilation is brought into the depths of the building, while a large central atrium orients visitors as they enter the museum. [+]

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This urban masterplan project looks to the historical development of Xiegang in Dongguan, and its potential future as a site of heavy industry and node within a global network of supply and demand. Even as Dongguan is still a major production center, real estate speculation and China’s transitioning economy has seen production move further out of cities. This masterplan proposes that production not only stay within the city, but that it can be strengthened by creative reuse of existing networks, buildings, and skilled populations. [+]

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The design rethinks the conventions of enclave communities, and instead insists that the development participates in urban life by deploying a three-dimensional network of green. Internally, this green not only creates terraces and programs, but also results in sunken courtyards that bring natural ventilation and light to the basement parking, while the vertical greening and green roofs reduce the thrust of the residential towers. [+]

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The Quanzhou Crowne Plaza is a mixed-use complex that sits next to a large residential development owned by the same developer. This complex and residences are synergistic – the former offers prestige to the residents, while the latter shares its garden and provides a ready group of consumers. The tower comprises offices, a hotel, restaurants, a 1000-person ballroom, rooftop bar, as well as a gym and  pool. [+]

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This drawing is an exploration and reinvention of the figure ground mode of representation. It absorbs multiple plans from a variety of milestone periods in the history of a city, combining conflicted ideas of picturesque Garden City planning from a colonial planning office, technically and climatically efficient execution from a nationalist government, and politically legitimate and democratic persuasions from a regime trying to stay in power. [+]

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Capitalizing on the unique topography of the site, the Shingwai Shaoguan Factory Campus marries production and office functions by inserting strips of programme into the steep topography. The building is an intersection of different users and redirects circulation, goods and workers to different parts of the larger factory campus – up the hill towards residences, east and west towards production sites, and south towards the entrance. [+]

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SKEW Collaborative was part of OMA and Olin’s finalist team for the competition to masterplan the Singapore Rail Corridor, a 24-kilometer stretch that runs from the north of the island to the south. The rail corridor was returned to Singapore as part of a land-swap agreement between the city-state and Malaysia, and provided an opportunity to radically change the urban fabric of Singapore. The programme included public amenities, cultural institutions and public housing. [+]

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The Ningbo Sunshine Bay masterplan attempts to create a 3-D city - with overlapping layers of infrastructure, landscape, and architecture creating a fabric of mixed-use programmes throughout the new district.

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The site for this new exhibition center and laboratories was the former 1962 Soviet-designed low-density office/factory cluster sitting amongst a heavily wooded compound. The original complex itself came at the end of a period of Soviet-China cooperation, with the importation of technology and expertise of the former to the latter. The architecture of this adaptive-reuse project is predicated on strategic insertions of new forms and voids within the structural framework of the original complex. [+]

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The Xishuidong Industrial Heritage Retail District project raises the question of speed and progress within the context of China’s rapid urbanization and expanding middle class. Today, our connections to community and our environment are lost in the world of spectacles and consumerism, and this project has the possibility of addressing some of these complex issues. [+]

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Located in Liyang city, this masterplan was an attempt to rethink tea culture, with all its cultural and historical baggage, within an increasingly globalized context. The client had specifically requested that the masterplan not replicate the Potemkin designss that often characterize such developments. For the project, we looked at variations upon a rotated grid to produce all different scales of city living required, including cultural, retail, residential and park spaces. [+]

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The Suzhou Taihu Tourism Masterplan looks to use landscape as a form of infrastructure. The site comprises several office buildings and hotels sitting on a landscape podium that seeks to integrate the site to existing and new infrastructure, inculding mass transit. The podium also acts to connect the street with Lake Taihu, as it peels and undulates to create new indoor and outdoor programmes.

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ESpace Phase II takes typical corporate villas in China as a starting point, while underscoring the tension of hybridizing work and living spaces within the typology as a result of zoning laws and increased center city real estate prices.  The accommodation zones are articulated distinctly from the work volumes, but are forcibly inserted into the latter, producing new sectional relationships. [+]

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Jia Little Exhibition Center addressed two issues – that of architectural building practices, as well as the rise of global industrial complex, which inevitably results in the increased separation of producer, product and consumer. Both have ramifications on sustainability – the former translates directly to a building’s carbon footprint, while the latter precipitates in an alienated state where consumer goods necessitate massive amounts of energy to be created and delivered to the user. [+]

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