MUD International Studio, Summer 2011: Shanghai

  • Work by Elizabeth Wehr and Courtney Cushard for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Elizabeth Wehr and Courtney Cushard for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
  • Work by Xi Qui for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Xi Qui for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
  • Work by Xi Qui for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Xi Qui for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
  • Work by Jonathan Stitelman for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Jonathan Stitelman for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
  • Work by Margina Demmer and Valerie Michalak for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Margina Demmer and Valerie Michalak for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
  • Work by Arpit Bahara, Louqi Chen, and Matthew Kleinmann for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.
    Work by Arpit Bahara, Louqi Chen, and Matthew Kleinmann for MUD studio in Shanghai taught by John Hoal, Summer 2011.

MUD International Studio, Summer 2011: Shanghai

John Hoal, Associate Professor
Bing Bu, Lecturer Abroad
Erik G. L’Heureux, Lecturer Abroad
Chunxia Yang, Lecturer Abroad

For this studio, students choose between one of two primary projects: the development of a master plan for the Suzhou Creek and ZhaPu Neighborhood in Shanghai, or the creation of a master plan for the redevelopment of the Port at Tajong Pagar, adjacent to the Central Business District in Singapore.

Organized into two groups, students begin with a two-week comparative research project on the urban form (morphology) and urban systems (metabolism) of either Shanghai or Singapore, covering three scales of site analysis: metropolitan, downtown district, and river corridor/waterfront. They then travel to Singapore, where they further develop this collaborative study while working in design studios with students from the National University of Singapore, who serve as "urban researchers."

For each city, the project research and site analysis teams are subdivided into four charrette teams, each of which develops a master plan for the site that includes a clearly stated vision; set of urban design principles; framework plan; 3-D urban morphology model; the urban systems and performance, urban design code that describes spatial/building /landscape and infrastructural typologies and character; and public realm plan. Students from Tongji University also participate in this four-week charrette. Each team member individually completes the design of a detailed component of the group's master plan, resulting in three detailed companion studies that test each master plan and demonstrate the functionality, character, and use of the proposition.