15-minute Community Meta-Box / Tongji University + Fab-Union Technology

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15-minute Community Meta-Box / Tongji University + Fab-Union Technology

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Text description provided by the architects. The Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) adheres to the spirit of the “Better City, Better Living” Expo. It has taken place successfully over three sessions since 2015 with the concept of “Culture vitalizes a city, art develops a city” and “City of art, artistic life”. 2021 SUSAS is organized by the Bureau of Natural Resources and the Shanghai Local Government. This year’s theme is “15 Minute Circle of Community Life – People’s Town”. The key agenda is to improve and reactivate the community space through the pop-up exhibition. With the Shanghai Urban Public Space Design Promotion Center being the organizer and the Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute being the curatorial team, 2021 SUSAS will be open from September 25.e until the end of November of this year.

The main exhibition site is located at ShangShengXinSuo on Xinhua Street, Changning District, Shanghai. The theme of the exhibition is divided into three parts: “15 minutes of a circle of associative life • City of people”, “Community • Meta-space”, and “Cell plan • Sub-relation”. As chief architect, Professor Philip F. Yuan of Tongji University, together with the digital construction team of Fab-Union Technologies and the digital exhibition team of Shanghai Fengyuzhu Culture & Technology, created six community meta-boxes in just 20 days. These boxes, called “Communicate”, “Connect”, “Bike”, “Comfort”, “Culture” and “Cloud”, are modular space modules for various public uses.

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Communicate. The main place is called “Communicate”, located on the belt-shaped parking lot. This building has a topologically curved wooden roof. The 3D printed dormer window introduces a skylight inside to guide visitors through the space. The curved facade facing the square is distorted to become seats, opening a spatial dialogue between the surrounding contexts.

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The application of robotic wood construction technology and robotic 3D printing technology ensures efficient and high-quality completion of the project while adding a touch of cyborg functionality.

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Connect. The “Connect” box is located in the green space between ShangShengXinSuo and Chenpin Apartment on the north side. The digital wooden structure and robotic 3D printing technology are again used to build the exhibition space. Fluid Curved Surfaces are prefabricated 3D printed panels. A semi-enclosed porch is created at the entrance, providing a buffer and transition zone for immersive projection interiors. This structure connects the real urban space on the outside and the virtual urban space on the inside.

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Cycling, Comfort, Culture. Three community boxes, named “bike”, “comfort” and “culture”, were created to reflect respectively the sporting, interactive and cultural life of the community. These boxes adopt a prefabricated assembly building system that integrates community facilities, smart displays, environmental control devices, solar panels and other high-tech products into pavilions. The flexible design and mass customization can be quickly adapted to the site and subjected to various functions, providing activity spaces in the 15-minute urban circle of life.

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Cycling. The “bike” box combines cycling equipment and video projections, allowing you to discover a larger space thanks to virtual technology.

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Comfort. The “comfort” box, containing the tools of digital life such as video communication networks, is indeed a multifunctional space for working, learning, entertaining and communicating.

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Culture. The “culture” box is designed as a miniature exhibition space, presenting works of art that encourage public participation.

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Cloud. “Cloud” is a 3D printed pavilion, which transforms the abstract city skyline into a semi-transparent, pixelated grid structure. The installation creates an enclosed private space while ensuring free movement below. Transparent, lightweight and high-strength 3D components have been accumulated to mimic the cloud sphere.

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Due to the pandemic, people are forced to live in restricted areas. Social activities and interactions are greatly reduced during this time. As the situation improves, public spaces will consciously take responsibility for awakening social life in the post-pandemic era.

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