Exhibition of Ceramic Works, Urban Morphology, Spatial Dynamics

E9 Exhibition Hall, Redtory Art & Design Factory
Tianhe district, Guangzhou, China
27 December 2014-14 January 2015

Dr. Lina Stergiou, Associate Professor, workshop leader
Collaborating Professors from GAFA: Kim Saeng Hwa and Jin Tao

Exhibition of the students’ work, outcomes of the research design workshop on Ceramic Works, Urban Morphology, Spatial Dynamics – Shipai Village, China – led by Lina Stergiou. Eight student teams exhibit a respective number of panels and models.

The research and design workshop focused on Shipai village in Guangzhou, where the vast changes that it decisively and unexpectedly underwent from the 1960s onwards were examined in urban, morphological and material terms. Shipai is defined by complex and diverse morphological and spatial characteristics, in which the ceramic tiles have a prevalent position. Its rich urban micro-scale is analyzed along with the role that the ceramic works play in it: such as the relationship between the ceramic tiles and the building mass; its connection with other materials; the textures and materials of the facades; qualities of transparency, semi-transparency and non-transparency; the relation between solid and void; between light and shadow; and the additional to the facade elements such as electrical wires, water pipes, air-condition units or iron frames.  The analysis leads to spatial propositions for Shipai, which translates in abstract forms the qualities of the complex urban fabric. The eight propositions are comprised by a ceramic unit, which is repeated in variations. Design proposals capture the identity and formal properties of both the Shipai urban mass and the role that the ceramic tiles play in it.

This research and design workshop is part of the international one organized by the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts GAFA, Guangzhou, and Chi Ti-Nan, with 75 students along with 17 faculty members from 9 Universities: the Department of Architecture, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou; the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai; the Department of Architecture, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute SFAI, Chongqing; the Urban & Architectural Institute, National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi; the Department of Architecture, Shanghai University; the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore; the Architectural Association, London; and the School of Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT.

Photos: workshop students Memo, Cassandra, Ethan, Zhao, Chen, Hong, Yin, Shen, Shi, Aixingero, Zou, Zhou, Di.

See related Ceramic Works, Urban Morphology, Spatial Dynamics – Shipai Village, Research Design Workshop.