Peking University

Round 1:


January 26th Presentation:


January 30th Presentation:


Final Round:


The Net

1. Create a new way for people to interact with nature
Providing a unique landscape experience not only for the Expo but for Xi’an citizen’s daily life. This special experience include walking, jumping, and lying on a waving net with greenery under your feet. The user can be engaged with different experiences related to the activities on the net.

2. Bring small biotopes to Xi’an
Creating a free space for the natural succession of plants with minimal disturbance introducing small biotopes into the city and improving the biodiversity of Xi’an city. This will create more space for greater vegetation to grow naturally in the future.

3. Minimal maintenance
Create a multifunctional “NET” will give a unique visual effect when it is combined with lights under the net. The net can be used as resting furniture, walking path, and recreational element. Selected plants for the site are local and are easy to grow with low maintenance.

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  1. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Weaving with Nature:
    Can you justify(quantify) the amount of water this system and concept will capture and reuse? Will this be a viable solution which offers net benefit to the client for the investment?
    It appears from the topographic map that the water collected is a small amount from the watershed of two highpoints? Does this concept warrant altering the grading of the adjacent slopes to capture more water?

  2. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    People in Flowerpot:
    Interesting concept – what construction techniques would you employ to build these unique structures? Historic local methods? What materials would be best for these features? Locally sourced materials?

    In the planting concept how could the size of the container infuence the planting species within it?

    Beyond a unique detail of the planter pot, what could the guest take away from the experience within this space? Something learned?

  3. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Memory of City Wall:
    A major/important feature in this society(City Wall).
    In the planted boxes what plant species will be used on the vertical planes?
    What planting media will be inside these boxes and can these boxes sustain the weight of those above along with the media inside and the added weight of water for irrigation or from rain?

    What material will sustain being dry during part of the year and submerged in water during raining periods?

    Could these boxes contain material other than planting to create different textures/spaces and experiences?

    Although conceptual….what might be the difficulties in people moving these planted boxes to arrange their own experience?

    Can this concept speak to other experiences within the Expo? Is it likely walls will appear in other parts of the Expo and if so could this concept be a part of an Exposition experience that spans the entire event? What may the benefits be from this opportunity?

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