Intrangible City

Project Name: Tracing the City
Location: Shanghai, China丨Total Area: 663 sqm
Dates: 2013 (Design)  2013 (Construction Completed)

Movement forms the city: People, information, traffic, resources and capital, they all pushes the cycle of the city through their own movement and shape the urban environment. Invisible and intangible, these movement are in fact the measuring gauge of our urban aesthetic.

Firstly, utilizing series of digital technique and artistic expression, the exhibition analyses the movement in city and addresses the problems it creates from a top-down, macroscopic level. It researches formless traces of the movements and redefines the urban morphology and space, ultimately rebuilds our conceptions of a multidimensional moving city. In the artist Mahir Yavuz’s project‘Senses of Pattern’, he illustrates that the true urban density, can only be decrypted though the reading of the movement and activity of the people within. Through the study of those traces, the usage, density of accessibility of an urban space can be visualized.

The exhibition then focuses on the moving individuals, creates a collective collage of a bottom-up moving city, pin-pointed by sketches of each's own experiences. Although they are subtle, these experiences are the key to the future designs of the city. The MIT Sensible City Lab's‘Road Frustration Index’Project integrates traffic data, emergency alert, weather report and drivers real-time mood, into an interactive network. 

It collects and analyzes data from 30 major U.S. Cities. And offers optimalizing solutions for the benefits of urban commuters.

Some part of the exhibition also engages in designs that aims to solve a particular issue in the contemporary moving city. These design renews the ever-going discussion of how the movement should be carried, conducted and conceived, and brings forward some positive initiatives on future cities. In the thesis project of CAA's 2013 Class of Industrial Design, the students designs a new line of vehicle with a retractable chassis structure which allows agile movement as well as optimization of parking capacity. With its compact flexible body and a unique interior arrangement, the Flex-Car offers an all-new alternative to the urban driving experience.

In the end, the exhibition presents some user-end mobile apps that engages in the moving city. These softwares focus on the connection between the supply and demand in the city. And improves efficiency by abridging them with smart technology. With a scan of the QR code, the audience can install those apps onto their devices and optimizing their own movements and eventually experience the spirit of this exhibition on an even more intimate level. The KauiZhi Technology's Kuaidadi Project, improves the taxi driver's efficiency and the passenger's experience simultaneously by providing clear means of communications. The credit ability rating feature also reinforces trusty relationship between drivers and passengers, and contributes to creating a better service.