Rethinking Urban Space
Creating Design Concepts for a Real Urban Space
Google Geo Tools & ArchiCAD
Create Platform for Collaboration & Idea Incubation with Industry Professionals
― Beyond an education program
As an education program, Rethinking Urban Space has students designing concepts for an urban space. It involves research onsite, data analysis using Google Geo Tools and concept modeling alongside architects using ArchiCAD. The final design concept is then pitched to a panel of relevant industry experts - which may include property developers, urban planners, architects and technologists.
Rethinking Urban Space has grown beyond an education program. The chit-chat between the panel of industry experts that followed the pitching session soon grew into a "social network" for urbanologists to meet, explore collaboration opportunities and incubate innovation ideas within the field.
In August of 2018, I partnered up with Jorge Beneitez from Enzyme for a 4 day program with children aged 9-13 to redesign Hillier Street. Throughout the 4 days, students were introduced to different design concepts, got hands-on with pen and paper sketches, interview pedestrians and restaurant owners of Hillier Street, used Google Geo Tools to analyse urban information, learned ArchiCAD and created 2D blueprints and 3D models of their design ideas. They also presented their final designs to an expert panel and the media. The students named their redesigned Hillier Street - Hillier Paradise.
Many students have experience using SketchUp at school and warmed up to ArchiCAD quickly. Their designs - though more creative over functional - kept in mind concepts of good design and responded to the feedback they received from their onsite interviews. You can see their designs in the presentation below.