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MUDD 21 - City Visions II


Summer Palace Precinct Li Liling + Wang Qi + Wang Yuyang China’s capital, Beijing with more than 3,000 years of history has highly significant heritage sites and cultural landscapes. The scheme revisits the MUDD11 project undertaken in 20052006 with the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University hosted by Professor Yu Kongjian. The site, immediately to the north of the New Summer Palace, contains a diverse mix of influential institutions and special places: Dayou village (older than the Summer Palace, located on northern edge of the World Heritage site) and Saozi village in the centre, the Central School of the Communist Party to the west, the University of International Relations and faculty housing of Peking University to the east. Since the MUDD11 study, Beijing’s Subway Line 4 has been completed with two stations serving the area, and luxury low-rise housing has been built on the approach to the east gate of the New Summer

Palace. A solution is still needed, however, to address poor living conditions in the ‘village in the city‘ conditions of Dayou Village and Saozi Village. The project proposes new low-rise, high-density development and new approaches to water management (aimed at recharging groundwater and re-connecting the lake systems of the adjoining Imperial Gardens). The project will demolish temporary/illegal extensions in villages, upgrade/rebuild older buildings, recreate the internal green courtyards for each home, and upgrade basic infrastructure. New mixeduse (residential/commercial) courtyard developments will be built to provide Dayou village with the necessary funding for its upgrade. Chinese courtyard housing and Hutong design principles will be applied throughout the scheme to improve the quality of housing, and the CCCP campus will be extended to allow for a new riverside open space.

Figure ground map of urban district

Urban design framework Proposed water system

Chinese courtyard and Hutong typologies


Aerial perspective of proposed development in the urban context

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  
Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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