11.946J | Summer 2004 | Graduate

Beijing Urban Design Studio


This class is an intensive five week studio in China. Since it runs at a fast pace, the activities are outlined daily.

1 Depart Boston

2 Arrive Shanghai, Pudong Airport 8:00 PM

3 Tour Shanghai: Jin Mao Tower and Pudong Waterfront, Yuyuan Garden and Market, Xintiendi Project

Evening on Bund Waterfront

4 Travel to Suzhou

Visit Suzhou Gardens

5 Visit in Suzhou: Silk Factory, Canal Town

Return to Shanghai in Evening

6 Shanghai Planning Institute

French Quarter Historic District

7:30 PM: Overnight Train for Beijing

7 Arrive Beijing, Get Settled in Guest Houses

Afternoon: Meet Chinese Students, Organize Teams, Buy Bicycles

8 Begin Studio Visit site
9 Tour in Beijing: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

10 Work

13 Site Clues Presentation Assignment 1: Site clues due
18 Work Design directions due
20 6:00 PM: Leave for Shanxi Province Assignment 2: Preliminary plan due
21 Tour Shanxi: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple, Hanging Monastery

Evening on Mount Wutai

22 Visit Wutai: Jinci Temple

Travel to Pingyao Walled City

23 Visit Pingyao

Return to Beijing in Evening

29 Visit Great Wall Assignment 3: Design development due
34 Final Presentation Assignment 4: Final presentation - Powerpoint and web presentation due
35 Return Boston