In Line, or Crossing the Line

Tongxiao Shen, B.Arch ’20

ARCH 502: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Markets

Instructor: Andy Ku

My project transforms the South square of Beijing West Railway Station by introducing market programs to it. These programs will break the large-scale ceremonial public space into a series of spontaneous environments. As Benjamin stated in the Arcade Projects, the transformation from individual retails to large corporations’ shopping malls is a process of finding a collective identity. By reversing an ‘easy to be supervised’ square to a series of smaller retails, the project intent to encourage the interactions within individuals, and the personal opinions against the collective voice.