November 1, 2009

Tags Gretchen WilkinsJohan van SchaikPaul MinifieStuart HarrisonWAW

Lianyungang, Post Waterfront City – Population 30,000,000
The planning & design of next generation living
WAW2009: World Architecture Workshop

Since 2002 the World Architecture Workshop has undertaken interrogation through design in cities around the world. In 2009 the workshop turned its attention to the urbanism of population bursts in the context of water based city expansion in Lianyungang, China. Seven groups each obtaining students from Australia, China, France, and Japan produced projects which address global worming, complexity in the instant city, diversification of traffic systems and the merging of salt and fresh water systems and urban design strategies for the city.

Given China’s current rate of urbanisation the projects go on to propose engagement with primary industries as employment generators for recently re-located populations from rural areas. Massive population increase raises questions of identity for a city. The projects thus treat the histories of the city as building blocks for designing new identities for Lianyungang to guide it through the shifts, growth and iterations of change that its extraordinary ambition will bring.

Participating Universities:
Miyagi University Japan
Nanjing Forestry University, China
RMIT Architecture, Australia
Sanjiang University, China
Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Montpellier, France

RMIT Faculty
Johan van Schaik, Lecturer RMIT Architecture, Director: Minifie Nixon Architects
Paul Minifie, Associate Professor RMIT Architecture, Director: Minifie Nixon Architects
Gretchen Wilkins, Senior Lecturer RMIT Architecture
Stuart Harrison, Senior Lecturer RMIT Architecture, Director: Harrison and White

RMIT Students
Marco Lavit Nicora, Hannah Rowe, Mari Poll Lien, Chris Gilbert, Sylvio Eckermann, Chen Liu, Selene Wong, Aurelia Gachet, Chris Haddad, Jacqueline O’Brien, Nicholas Rossetti

Post Waterfront City publication