Yang Ren Supervisor: Simon Drysdale
As the terms ‘retail experience’ and ‘experience economy’ are used by cities aiming to market their once difference on the global stage, many cities have now cocooned their identities into the familiar and franchised. This project starts with an early example known generically as ‘Chinatown’. These global familiars signal often convergent economies. I`m seeking to learn from these seed franchises as I explore what constitutes the next city suburb. I am exploring the urban frontiers edges of a china town to yield an understanding as to what the next CHINABURB or next CHINA-CITY could be. It revisises the position of Chinatown in future as a key infrastructure of Melbourne's global city agenda, and offer a new possibility of balance to provide a new intersectional identity of Chinatown as a diverse Asian public. This project explores a new architecture spatial possibility across the urban city in a future Uberfication context by the ideas of convergence and immersion. A ‘merging -program’ thinking steps forward from ‘cross program’ offering a pitch to build a new image of next city image.