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Léa Pizzanelli

Arts District Beijing 2

Lea Pizzanelli / MArch-ERAMUS

Lea is an French ERASMUS student who has being studying MArch at Leeds Beckett University.

As an ERAMUS exchange students from Marseilles, France, Léa Pizzanelli participated in a special study trip to Beijing that seeks to compare and contrast visions and practices of ‘new towns/cities’, in particular between the new town movement in post-war Britain of 1960s and 70s, and distinct waves of planning of new urban centres in Beijing since China embraced market economy from late1980s onwards. The contrast, and oftentimes clashes, between traditional urban fabric with the new functional ‘gridded’ organisation of modern planning is to be unfolded as part of students’ research forensis.

Highlights of the Beijing study trip include the following visits: Tiananmen Square, Cha-er Hutong community space (by ZAO/standardarchitecture), Dashilan Design District, China House Vision, I:Project Space (in Andingmen District hutong), Yong-He Gong Lama Temple, 798 Art Zone, Caochangdi art/urban village, Telescope art studio, Dongcheng District hutong, Ziyu Zhuang Architects Studio Courtyard No.7 (at The Drum Tower).

The year-long design studio project ‘A Music School on Midsummer Boulevard – a new urban soundscapes of “Norm/Anti-Norm” for Milton Keynes’ developed by Léa combined learnings from contexts of Milton Keynes and Beijing that responded to the special theme of ‘Common-scapes’ of the Cinematic Commons design studio. It begins with a particular focus on creating an expanded
response to Milton Keynes’ inaugural ‘Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019’, in a moment in time of 50 years since the new town vision that gave birth to Milton Keynes. The studio visited, participated, observed and analysed the festival structures and activities based on Raumlabor’s winning proposal titled ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The research and design brief
seeks to develop a variety of urban forensis and proposals for architectural modifications and expansions, both as temporary catalysts or permanent additions, in central Milton Keynes.