Last week, a Shanghai-based company built 10 « houses » using a 3d printer in only one day.
This extraordinary new construction method may not entirely solve housing issues in China, -many of them are related to the status of land, not to construction price-. Moreover, this can also be regarded as a good marketing operation for the building company. Actually, we still don’t know how livable these « houses » really are.
But this process may undoubtedly revolutionize the way houses will be built in the future. Firstly, these houses are made of recycled materials and so can be considered as green houses. Moreover, by using this method, construction defects might no longer happen as construction models will be optimised.
With this experience, we have surely entered a new era where the whole construction industry might be rethought.
Ph.D. in political science (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in social sciences (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in international relations (IRIS, Paris), B.A. (Hons) in international political studies (ESE - Nottingham Trent University)
Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s contexts.
Fundamental to the study of architecture and cities is the question of rapid urbanization and innovation on the multiple fronts of society, culture and the economy. For the purpose of this summer program, the three key cities in east China, the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia will serve as platforms for the understanding of such issues, in the current neo-liberal world of urbanization, where international corporations have grown far more powerful than sovereign governments.
Through this course, participants will focus on different architecture and building types that have emerged from the current state of rapid urbanization. These urban building types are unique in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the prevailing urban conditions of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. The design and research studio would be based on the examination and re-invention of a number of these building types.
Participants will have the benefit of visiting numerous cities under-going massive change, exploring broad-ranging issues such as identity, migration, cultural production, colonialism, nationalism and globalization through topics in architectural history and theory. This program will include study trips to the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou and Shenzhen. In support of the design and research studio, a daily lecture and seminar program will further enrich the participants’ knowledge in these fields.