Gandong Cai, Yujia Wang

Instructor: Niall Kirkwood

Independent Study, Research, Exhibition, Publication

Graduate School of Design,

Harvard University




Our proposition is to examine the agency of landscape in subverting, energizing and revitalizing Urban Under Spaces in cities. This research defines the term Urban Under Space as the full or semi-covered spaces produced and interfered by urban infrastructure. Utilizing these spaces increases space efficiency in metropolitans and increases accessibility to public spaces. Moreover, the sheer scale of infrastructure spaces offers exciting design opportunities.  
This research aims to provide:
A) A systematic indexing of the Urban Under Space to identify its issues and to develop spatial prototypes to advance the understanding of its qualities and potentials.
B) A handbook of tactics, tool-sets, and spatial vocabularies to inform operational options in Urban Under Spaces, so as to optimize future designs.