The Architecture of Performance / The Performance of Architecture

4th-Year Architectural Design Studio at the International
Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Studio Professor - Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

Friday, March 21, 2014

Performance Space Project Manifesto by Atitaya Taratai

Baishizhou is one of the biggest and "oldest" historical urban villages in Shenzhen. The history of Baishizhou is filled with political and economical factors that affect the development process of Baishizhou, making this area different from other part of Shenzhen.The diversity and self-sufficiency of the community creates uniqueness, standing out from other parts of Shenzhen.

Shenzhen is a developing city and one of the most rapidly developed cities in China.The political and development plans are factors that affect the people and footprint of Baishizhou urban village. The government and the developers who propose redevelopment plans for this area see the potential of this area where they can make large profit on its real estate. The oldest and biggest urban village will gradually disappear, given these factors.

The idea of bringing tourists and visitors into the area is a tool to generate income for the urban village; a way to preserve and also enhance the urban village by designing a building that considers both preservation of the footprint and retention of the daily life activities of Baishizhou locals.