11.307 / 4.166 Beijing Urban Design Studio

Summer 2006

Reweave Xibahe Village: A final proposal from the class.
One of the final presentation boards from the class showing the proposed design of Group C. (Image courtesy of Angela Meehan, Feifei Zhao, Shilpa Mehta, Reilly Rabitaille, Matthew Brownell. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This intensive five week studio in Beijing, China meets every day while it is in session. The final publication of the studio, and the work of the assignments leading up to it, are presented in the projects section. There is also an image gallery from the trip.

Course Description

This is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Urban Design Studio, which is a joint program between the MIT and Tsinghua University Schools of Architecture and Planning. The goal of the studio is to foster international cooperation through the undertaking of a joint urban design and planning initiative in the city of Beijing involving important, often controversial, sites and projects. Since 1995, almost 250 MIT and Tsinghua University students and faculty have participated in this annual studio, making it one of the most successful and enduring international academic programs between China and the U.S. It has received the Irwin Sizer Award from MIT for outstanding innovation in education. The studio takes place over five weeks in June and July including several weeks in residence at Tsinghua University and two brief study tours to locations and projects that inform the work. It will include 18-20 MIT and 10-15 Tsinghua Architecture and Planning students. The Beijing City Planning Institute, responsible for strategic planning in the city, participates in the studio as the client.

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Prof. Dennis Frenchman
Prof. Jan Wampler
Prof. Yung Ho Chang
Prof. Pericles (Chris) Zegras
Prof. Juan Du 

Course Meeting Times

Six sessions / week
8 to 12 hours / session