Cornell B.Arch Thesis

An Alternative Future: Cycling + Beijing / Spring 2020

Type/

Individual Research + Design Project, Urban Strategy

Site/

Beijing, China

Instructor/

Martin Miller, Timur Dogan

Along with the global trend of inexorable urbanization, the rapidly developing cities are in imperative demand of visionary infrastructure for transportation, for the sake of a sustainable and livable urban environment.

 

This thesis uses Beijing as a test field, seeks to mitigate the conflict between the overwhelming Dockless Shared Bikes, and the urban public space compressed by them. 

 

It ends up proposing a future form of the subway entrance, in which shared bikes parking is resituated, and intertwined with a layer of miscellaneous urban community activities. It strives to find an alternative future of the urban public space flooded by Dockless Shared Bikes, through which the experience of subway stations as community landmarks is enriched as well.

Why

cycling

matters?

Research on Issue + Case Study

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Beijing's Culture of Public Space

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SQUARE DANCING

Diminished Plaza

In the surge of dockless shared bikes, cycling, as part of the city culture, reluctantly stands in the opposite side to the other distinctive cultural activities. The dockless shared bikes excessively occupy the urban public space, and thereby prohibit other potential community activities.

Rationale of Site Selection 

Informal Bike Parking Behavior

The mini plazas and street crossings at the subway entrances are the typical areas that the Dockless Shared Bikes converge, as indicated in the diagram on right. Those mini plazas used to naturally collect the miscellaneous spontaneous community activities, which are critical to the social sphere of the urban environment. However, those public spaces no longer function now because of the bike clutters.

Design Solution

Thesis Book