Rethinking the Dimension In Urban Acupuncture: "Super scale" strategy in practice
Tutor / director / evaluatorFort Mir, Josep Maria
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
This thesis aims to make a better understanding of the urban acupuncture theory. It attempts to hold an overall view of the theory and discuss its benefits and challenges. By applying a critical discourse analyzes on the concerned theorists, the thesis seeks to find the answer on how the theory of urban acupuncture could be applied to practice. Accordingly, based on the urban acupuncture theory, by three projects which located in different countries and different situations, the practices try to draw strategies from varies projects. By analyzing these projects with a theoretic look, a link between the theory and practice can be made and thereby lead to a better implementation for future projects. The way to make the design involves a research on the context in three cities, an analysis of the reality and solutions for to the urban problems. All the designs are concerned in three scales: large, middle and small. In this way, the proposals try to give solution in the different visions, varying from an urban scope to an architectural perspective. The three projects in Barcelona, Catania and Beijing, vary from the locations and social reality, but on the same situation concerned with public spaces and how to make a better urban environment in an architectural way. Urban acupuncture is originated from an alternative Chinese therapy which focused the treat on specific spots on human body, but the cure is for the whole nerve system. In this sense, the urban acupuncture is a strategy which focused on small scale interventions, but aimed to achieve a better urban environment. The urban acupuncture concerns mainly two dimensions --- a small scale intervention and a big scale effect. Keeping this in mind, I realized a design strategy called the "Super Scale". It does not mean another special dimension, but a way of thinking on the common line in my three projects. It is a rethinking of the dimension while making the design, more specifically, a scale-up thinking. And in the three projects, "Super Green Manzana", "Super Kiosk" and "Super Hutong", I would explain the way how "Super Scale" thinking works in practice and its role played in urban acupuncture.
SubjectsUrban renewal, Public spaces, Urban landscape architecture, Rehabilitació urbana, Espais públics, Arquitectura del paisatge urbà