Name: Xiaohua Yi
Institution / Company: Politecnico di Milano
-JOURNAL PICK of FUTURE PUBLIC SPACE Competition
In 2009, located in Guangzhou, China, 113.25E, 23.10N, an interchange was built around a building. The urbanization had expanded quickly and relentlessly here, but several residents refused to move away. As a consequence, three buildings were demolished and gave way for the city infrastructure, one building remained.
This is a profile of modernization and urbanization, as well as a portrait of the contend between individual rights and the government. Left aside different opinions among different people, the embody evidence of this event worth to remember and judge by the next generations.
The property rights of houses only last for 70 years in China, by then here will become a ghost building, a leftover space that no one wanted. But with careful design and improvement, here can also become a public space, a pocket park that brings vitality. It can play an essential role in the dense and oppressed metropolis.
Dilapidated walls remain as a historical trace of the past, trees as high as the building used to surrounds the inner space, mowed grass grows inside, street trees and shrubs partition cars outside. People wander, stay, carry on outdoor social life, and sometimes think about our lives under this ceaseless urbanization.
#Confronting Urbanization #Leftover Space in Metropolis #Pocket Park #Interaction between different generations #Public Space organization & maintenance