Beijing 2050

Beijing, China

The coming 2008 Olympic Games have symbolized the dream and ambition of Beijing for many years. However, as the 2008 Olympic Games draws near, it is necessary for us now to envision Beijing's future beyond 2008 and to think about what Beijing's long term goal and imagine new possibilities for the city's design.

Beijing and politics are inseparable. Almost all the landmark architectures in Beijing, including "the 10th anniversary of PRC, 10 great architectures," architecture built for Asian Games and Olympic Games were built within a short period at several stages of modern society development. Will these architectural creations reshape the city? The city we mean is not just its images, but the lives of the people living in it. Olympics

We hope it will lead to people's thinking about their future and building greater confidence in their dreams in Beijing. It is not only a picture, be it beautiful or not, it is perhaps a mirror from which we can get a good look at history as well as the world today. It is no rebellious or radical point of view, for we should be familiar with history and reality, and we believe all this will come into being in 2050.

The Future Of The Hutongs

History is an invaluable asset of Beijing. The city can't be understood with a grasp of Beijing's rich history. While Hutongs are a haven to the visitor, it is a difficult environment for local Beijingers who live in the hutongs which have no private bathroom or shower. The hutong dwellers are being moved by the government to outskirts of the city, their homes being occupied by the wealthy and developers who recreate the spaces where they once existed.

We hope that generations live happy life in this land. Some new houses will replace old ones. That's natural law of life and space. The new ones will reflect future life style. The old and the new, they complement each other in the space respectively. 2050's Hutong values people's life, not just the traditional form.

Floating island over the Central Business District

The CBD in Beijing was built according to the western vision of modernization created in the last century, which is regarded as an expression of wealth and status. However, unlike Western countries, Beijing's CBD isn't characterized by Western countries' ambition to push the limits of technology and the present, nor does it attempt to set future new standards for itself.

What will the densely populated future city in China look like? We think we need a literal connection rather than segregation or simply chasing the building height. Digital studios, multi-media business centers, theaters, restaurants, libraries, sightseeing, exhibitions, gyms, and even a man made lake are elevated above the CBD, and connect with each other horizontally. This proposal and the new city organization principle articulate our queries of "machine aesthetics" and "vertical city", characterized by modernism.

Tiananmen: People's Park

The Tiananmen Square we see today does not have a long history. All the changes it witness in the past few decades reflect the evolution of the nation's spirit. By 2050, a mature and democratic China will emerge, and spaces for massive political gathering and troop procession like Red Square may no longer be necessary. The transportation could no longer rely on the ground traffic system, it may utilize an above-ground or underground system due to changes in transportation. What will Tiananmen Square be like when it is deprived of its political and transportation functions? The ground might turn into a garden or park, and cultural facilities could be placed underground to connect to a transportation network. A national theatre is hidden inside a "landscape mountain", diffusing its forms in what is now Zhongnanhai, the nearby Communist Party compound.

In 2050, Tiananmen Square is an urban space filled with life and the biggest green area in the center of Beijing

Project Name: Beijing 2050, Beijing, August, 2006

Location: Beijing

Design Period: August, 2006

Architect: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun

Project Team: Zheng Tao, Fu Changrui

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