from Hutong to Icon, the issue of scale in China


Documentation of a hutong.  Original structure.  We saw families living in a single room and others living in several rooms.  Size of spaces: small, scaled to the human.  Many of these homes were similar to dorm rooms, shelving and other means of storage line every wall.


Steven Holl lectured at Berkeley last year and invited interested students to come out to China and tour his Linked Hybrid project.  Incredible for the amenities he was able to convince the client that they needed, dissapointing in scale and level of detail.  The entire project is of one monotonous collosal scale and segmented from the surrounding fabric.


The Birdsnest is amazingly open and simple.  The ubiquitous Chinese fence additon.


Car-free, high end shopping.


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