A group of fourth year UNSW Art & Design Bachelor of Design students and their peers from Built Environment’s Bachelor of Computational Design are participating in MAD.LAB, a three-week studio in the city of Chongqing, South Western China.
A new mega city until recently less well known than similar sized cities in China, Chongqing is an astonishingly energetic, dense and rapidly changing city of 12 million people with a wider metropolitan population estimated to be 28 million people. Using mapping as a design research methodology, MAD.LAB responds to critical questions about urbanisation and development in Chongqing.
The students participating in this intensive studio take one specific component of the city such as a street and explore questions such as; How do denizens and citizens perceive this unique city and how do they behave and interact? How does this self-sustaining city function three-dimensionally, dynamically and commercially? How can the metropolitan, building and human scales be described and how do these interact?
The MAD.LAB studio program represents a unique opportunity for the students to collaborate, acquire language, form local relationships, and to develop a better understanding of this complex urban environment.
UNSW Art & Design students participating in the lab include Adriana Prasnicki, Emily Hatton, Alison Phillips, Gabriel Monteiro, Larissa Silva, Jacinta Stuart-O'Toole, Maddison Bramley, Jing Wen Li and Amy Lenehan.