MUD Studio, Fall 2011: Hoal

  • Work by Amber Organtini for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Amber Organtini for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Anne Buchele for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Anne Buchele for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Chengzhi Cai for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Chengzhi Cai for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Chengzhi Cai for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Chengzhi Cai for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Zhouli Yang for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Zhouli Yang for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Zhouli Yang for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.
    Work by Zhouli Yang for MUD studio taught by John Hoal, Fall 2011.

MUD Studio, Fall 2011
SPATIAL DISRUPTIONS :: hyper_structures | hyper_cities

John Hoal, Associate Professor

For this studio, students focus on researching and proposing new hybrid programs and spatial-temporal practices for high-density, high-rise living, working, and recreating in the emerging, densely populated hyper-cities of Asia. The location provides one of the great laboratories for the future of the city and the space of radicalization of architectural urbanism. It is anticipated that in the next 20 years in China alone, with more than 8.5 million people moving to cities annually, over 40 billion square meters of floor space will be built in approximately 4 to 5 million buildings, of which 51,000 will be skyscrapers; in total this is equivalent to at least one Chicago every year.

This studio seeks to disrupt current architectural spatial practices, taking a position of resistance to the imported global practice of urbanism and architectural imposition and acceptance of singular typologies and programs, in order to accommodate an intensified urban living condition within an ever-changing society that is globally networked yet locally specific [LIFE]; in an altogether new dimension of urban density, personal space, and hybrid communal areas [SPACE]; that requires a new kind of social and environmental sustainable architectural urbanism [BUILDING]. The concepts of spatial multiplicity, thickness, saturation, elasticity, liquidity, locality, and collective complexity frame this production and the investigation.

The project is the design of a new high-rise, high-density complex of multiple buildings compromising living, working, entertainment, and recreating spaces; cultural venues; biotopes and micro-climates; and energy, water, waste, and food production. The site along the Hupong River is the third edge of the international face of Shanghai and was the location of the international concession; thus, it has a deep and complex global/local history, and an architectural and urban form that is undergoing substantial transformation.