This studio will revolve around the challenges of rapid urbanisation and large scale transitions for secondary cities, especially in the Global South.
More specifically we will look at the city of Srei Sophon in Cambodia. Srei Sophon is the capital and the largest city of Bantaey Manchey province, which is located in the northwest of Cambodia. The city is going through major changes at the moment due to development plans that are part of the national plans for infrastructure development and reconstruction as well as the regional infrastructure plan that reaches Thailand. the city has witnessed a serious growth over the last years, attracting new businesses and people. This growth can be attributed to several factors such as the good location of the city and its connectivity with other major cities in Cambodia and its close distance to Thailand.
During the term we aim to:
understand the complexities of urban growth in the context of rapid change and transition.
recognise the challenges to deal with these complexities through (architectural, urban, service,…) design.
propose spatial strategies to deal with these major challenges
More specifically we will develop spatial strategies that:
create a more resilient and diverse urban (rural) landscape
raise awareness of the potentiality of local resources and cyclic systems
optimise the production and use of local resources
allow the development of systems for locally produced (green) energy
promote production and distribution of local food
stimulate sharing and collaboration in the communities
enhance the rural urban relations
Starting as a collective the students are expected to contribute to the overall strategic design. In smaller groups or as individuals they will then focus on specific design interventions whereby they illustrate the impact of their intervention over time and in space.
We will work on different scales, from that of the city to that of the ‘architectural object’. Masterplans will help to elaborate how resilient strategies and cyclic systems create urban form. Models and drawings are instruments to imagine future urban alternatives and possibilities, they are arguments that show opportunities and ways in which urbanites can activate them in order to realise their (sustainable) potential.
Read more on the studio here.