MICRO Design Proposals

[D6 2011]
Following the URBAN ANALYSIS component of the course, the teams took two different directions: either to develop an urban scale (MACRO) design or a building scale (MICRO) design. In both cases the design work is derived from their initial analysis. There are five MICRO scale design teams: ECO-BELT, PATTERNS, TRANSPORT, WATER and HERITAGE.

Team: David Ma (FINAL PDF), Tina Martin, Thomas Denhardt
Using the Waimakariri River as a figurative starting point, the team conceptually imposed the image of the river into the centre of the city and developed urban connections stringing together vacant lots and introducing new programs.

Team: Alexander Milojevic (FINAL PDF), Seth Munn, Mikhail Rodricks (FINAL PDF)
Using the observations of different urban fabrics, each team member selected a different site and grafted in figurative patterns to suggest new organisations. These patterns become organisational principles both at the urban scale and the building scale.

Team: Justin Baatjes (FINAL PDF), Yvonne Mak (FINAL PDF), Eric Nakijima (FINAL PDF)
The team developed three transport hubs at the perimeter of the CBD, challenging the notion of a single central hub. The intention is to free the city centre from heavy bus traffic and allow for a localised central transfer system to link each hub. They went on to couple unique programs with each of the proposed hubs: a stadium, a hospital and a shopping centre.

Team: Jason Barnes (FINAL PDF), Richard Jones (FINAL PDF), Charlotte Laus (FINAL PDF)
The team set a clear ambition to optimise the use of water as it relates to different contexts and their associated programs. The team developed a rural farm, a suburban algae park and an urban greenhouse. Each project finds a unique relationship between the ecological landscape and the built form, seamlessly transitioning between the two.

Team: Gong Rickey Wang (FINAL PDF), Gang Henry Feng (FINAL PDF), Logan Suhrer (FINAL PDF)
In the team’s initial research, they found that the heritage buildings in Christchurch were a product of their time. A series of variables contributed to their identity as ‘heritage’ such as aesthetic, materialistic, technological and programatic. The team endeavours to proposed three heritage buildings, a reconstruction of the Town Hall, a new transportation hub and an earthquake memorial. Each project finds a unique understanding of the meaning of heritage and pulls it through their design: the town hall uses a relationship to views and literally folds in the Garden City identity, the bus station is a reinterpretation of gothic, and the earthquake memorial serves the purpose of a place to remember through experience.


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