Housing the Majority in Baishizhou Village, Shenzhen, China

August 3 - August, 27 2016

Led by Jeffrey Johnson and Adam Frampton

During Summer 2016, Studio-X Beijing will take on the question of Housing the Majority through the intense study and observation of Baishizhou, an urban village in Shenzhen, China. The research will provide an opportunity to redefine the terms of discourse and to expand the discussion around critical challenges confronting the city today. Moreover, the work allows GSAPP students and faculty to come together with Woods Bagot global designers to inspire innovative and emerging forms of housing for the future. This site-specific study will further consider how housing can evolve in order to address emerging criteria, particularly inequality. Other critical questions will also be considered that might more directly affect design and a potential typological reinvention.

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