Ramble is album with several sub albums. Here is one: Office in Hutong.
Beijing, as the capital of China, has a long history, and currently is going through fast economical development.
Hutong, as the traditional urban typology of Beijing city, is slowly disappearing.
We try to find the offices in those Hutong, discover their ideas and life.
在南向的主要办公空间改建时，reMIX将房间原有吊顶去掉，暴露出隐藏在平庸吊顶后方的美丽古老木质屋顶结构。在深色吊顶下，是浅色的墙地面以及家具；在古老的木材结构下，进行着新兴而国际的工作与研究。旧与新，传统与科技，过去与未来 — 对比鲜明，却又交相辉映。
reMIX is a young office based in Beijing, born from the experience that the three founding partners (Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto and Nicola Saladino) have developed during years of academic research and collaborations with various international firms, working on multiple design scales.
Our expertise ranges from architecture to landscape and urban design. We move on multiple grounds, analyzing and re-describing their performative logics. The understanding of the territory and its constitutive and constantly evolving metabolic networks and systems of power relations allows us to re-define natural/artificial and local/global dichotomies, envisioning future social assemblages.
In order to achieve a systematic control on the energetic functionality and the spatial quality of the built environment we aim for the local integration of architecture and landscape into a synthetic and modern urban hybrid.
发表作品 published projects
“废墟中的宝石”, Frame, Vol. 97, Moooi, 2014
“老院子的新未来”，青年视觉, Vol. 135.2013
“嵌入城市肌理的未来能源”[访谈]，美国景观学会刊物，Vol. 103. No 12, 2013
哈佛设计学院作品选 5, Actar, 2013
社区设计, Vol. 51, 2012 / 05
城市空间设计, Vol. 17, 2011
哈佛设计学院作品选 4, Actar, 2012
哈佛设计学院作品选 4, Actar, 2012
复杂性与可持续发展, Vol. 09, Jan / Feb 2006
复杂性与可持续发展, Vol. 09, Nov / Dec 2008
– “Diamond in the Rough”, Frame, Vol. 97, Moooi, 2014
– “A Future Vista of the Aged Alley”, Vision Magazine, Vol. 135, 2013
– GSD Platform, Vol. 6, Actar, 2013
– “Energy Futures: How large-scale renewable could fit into cities”, Landscape Architecture Magazine, vol 103 no 12, 2013
– Community Design, Vol. 51, 2012
– GSD Platform, Vol. 4, Actar, 2011
– GSD Platform, Vol. 3, Actar, 2011
Urban Flux, Vol. 17, 2011
Complexity and Sustainability, Vol. 09, 2006
Complexity and Sustainability, Vol. 09, 2008
2013 – YMZ 2 在中国当代艺术中心展出 （英国，曼彻斯特）
2013 – reMIX事务所作品在北京国际设计周展出（中国，北京）
2013 – 记忆景观在法国建筑展展出 （蒙彼利埃）
2012 – 三角洲城市在鹿特丹双年展展出（荷兰）
2011 – 新运河上的城市在塔林建筑双年展展出（爱沙尼亚）
2014 – YMZ2 at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, “Making Community, Not the Map Nor the Territory”, Manchester, UK
2013 – reMIX at the Beijing Design Week in Dashilar, Beijing
2013 – memoryscape – Festival des Architectures Vives, Montpellier, France
2012 – delta city – Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, Netherlands
2011 – dredging identity – Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonia
2011 美国景观协会 （ASLA） 优胜奖
2011 国际景观联盟 ( IFLA ) 第三名
2013 美国景观协会 （ASLA） 优胜奖
2013 ASLA Honour Award
2011 ASLA Honour Award
2011 IFLA Third Prize
What was the reason to choose a typical courtyard in hutongs as your office?
Compared to the generic outskirt landscape of mega-blocks, hutongs for us are the only areas that still provide some sense of locality in Beijing.
Apart from its intimate scales, we experience the rare remaining neighborhood and their dynamics just like in the old days: men playing chess, women chatting, kids running, dogs and cats relaxing, shops with posters hand-drawn from the 70s – we find all different life scenes and surprises in the hutong streets a truly inspiring experience. In our small courtyard a large date tree brings a nice sense of nature into the studio. In good seasons, a ping-pong match, a cup of coffee during the lunch break in the courtyard is the best benefit of working in the hutongs. It’s a sort of countryside life in the very center of a 20 million metropolis, it offers an unexpected intimate contact with “nature”, in fact, we have been visited by all sort of animals, including a ferret that is inhabiting one of our roofs…
The studio was actually reMIX’s first built project and our first construction experience within such a hutong context: lack of infrastructure, poorly kept building structure, intense adjacency and interaction with the neighbors. Within a very limited budget of less than 70,000 RMB, We had to introduce two bathrooms and one kitchen to the rooms, adding an internal circulation and fixing a number of damages. One of the bathrooms was sharing the same wall with our neighbor, who claimed the new bathroom will bring in humidity issues to his bedroom. After a long process of intense negotiation, we built a second wall which makes the bathroom from 1.2m depth to the absolute minimum 1m. However, now we have become good friends with him. Even though it was a tough process, such negotiation was very useful for us to understand the mentality of the residents as well as the unique hutong “eco-system” that through interaction and frictions allows a large diversity of people to live with each other in such proximity.
Do you think you are influenced by such working environment?
Two years of living in the hutong provides us the opportunities to be embraced by a context in which daily confrontations, discussions and conversations among the residents makes you understand the way they share their life and spaces, which is radically different from what one could experience in other parts of the city. The promiscuous spatial admixture and proximity makes it a unique environment. The sense of ownership here is perceived through a blurred glass, it is put constantly in re-discussion. This is almost the first challenge one would encounter in any spatial intervention in such context.
Currently we are working on two Hutong renovation projects in Dashilar and one of the two is becoming an installation on the theme of property fragmentation and historical spatial evolution of the hutongs for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Our “first-hand” experiences with the “hutong form” has allowed us to better understand the priorities and concerns of the residents (insulation / heating / plumbing / privacy etc) — We have become familiar and sensitive of those very specific and practical issues by going through all of them ourselves. This makes it easier for us to figure out the effective scale and strategy of intervention that would really make a meaningful impact on the everyday living conditions of the local residents.
reMIX is a very international design team: in which foreign designers count for 80%. Two out of three partners are from Europe. How are you running such an international team? In the context of globalization, are you intentional about making your works “local” in China? How is office work usually divided?
The two Italians, Federico and Nicola, have lived 3 and a half years in China and Chen has spent the last two master-courses abroad (UK-US) so we have a pretty balanced starting point in term of cultural mixture (or schizophrenia…). This cultural mix is an important characteristic of “reMIX”, in which we welcome different perspectives; expertise brought by people from various backgrounds not only co-exist, but inspire each other through challenging confrontations. Being “international”, we don’t want to fall in the typical errors of most international firms that have very limited understanding and commitment with the local context in which they operate. We would like to take advantage of our diverse backgrounds, which allows us to have a critical distance and gives us the opportunity to question things that would be given for granted by the locals. We believe, this is an essential first step to any meaningful innovation.
The office is organized as a sort of non-hierarchical think-tank of influences and ideas, hence each project has a slightly different approach. Usually there is one partner that coordinates the work and all the others give their contribution on a more punctual base. Being such a small office gives everybody the opportunity to touch upon all the different phases of the design process.
We would like to be very careful when we discuss the issue of global and local. It’s difficult to judge or to approach architecture through these trivial distinctions, and there is always the risk of falling into superficial or oversimplified statements and stereotypes. Of course, we believe if we are truly interested and curious about the context of a design project: sensitive to discover its specific design conditions (locally available materials and construction techniques) and strategic in the way of transforming certain limitation (budget, timing, level of construction etc) to design opportunities, we will be able to generate creative frictions. The concept of “local” would come along rather naturally.
All three partners of reMIX have experiences of large scale design and research. What do you think the biggest challenge of landscape design in contemporary china? What could be the point of breakthrough?
Landscape design as a regulated discipline is very recent in China so the biggest challenge is the lack of a clear modern tradition that would make the communication with clients much easier. Creating public awareness of the importance of landscape as a design profession is a critical long-term task. Involving ourselves in academic institution through lectures, workshops and design studios, we are trying to make more people understand the contemporary discourse that (large scale) landscape is a potential infrastructural element of our built environment (compared to a long tradition of its beautification approach), which has huge significance on the way we structure urban growth especially regarding China’s new needs and metabolic rhythms. Meanwhile, effective representation and communication is another crucial aspect that we would like to explore in our research for large scale landscape planning and design methodology: if we could preview the spatial implication of certain developmental goals (data visualization of density, traffic, pollution etc.) the decision making process would be much more structured and systematic.
As a small and young office, the biggest challenge for us is creating stable collaborations with large design institutes and local administrators and governmental bureaus, to start having an effective role on large-scale masterplans. We have to build-up collaborations from the very first step of a project. Due to the complexity of the decisional apparatus the risk for a project of not being fully implemented and operative, to become an inconsistent pastiche of superficial gestures, is extremely high. Of course, this doesn’t only apply to China but is the very nature of large-scale projects in many parts of the world; the difference in working in/for China is been immersed in his complex ubiquitous layered system of bureaucratic and political structures,
Chen Chen has two landscape degrees from aboard. What is the influence when it comes to architectural design practice?
Landscape studies have broadened up my interest in understanding the larger context of urbanization where architects operate: the hidden environmental footprint of cities and its impact on ecosystems that are surrounding us. (resource extraction, energy generation, distributional network, trash disposal, etc) . It also helped me to construct a way of thinking that is more based on relationships among multiple layers.
On a conceptual level, ecosystem’s unique strength, sublime aspects and logic of transformations are truly inspiring for me. Contrasted to a classical Newtonian paradigm focused on stability, prediction and certainty, contemporary ecologists’ way of working with natural processes and time is extremely dynamic and brings an entirely new perspective and principles to the way I evaluate and implement our daily practices of spatial intervention. Understanding the dynamism of the ecosystem change and its related features, such as adaptability, resilience and flexibility, provides architects new source of inspirations; metaphors and models to inject as practices of formal innovation, particularly for large scale projects. We need a new way of planning and diversified organizational models that are not aiming at fixing, constricting, defining once and for all a masterplan, but designing and controlling processes that allow intentionally uncertainty and unpredictability (various scenarios and dynamic temporal evolution).
On a practical level, engaging both disciplines helps to position ourselves in a particular practical space, provide us with the opportunities of exploring the integration of landscape and architecture into synergetic and consistent spatial projects.
What is your vision for beijing (or chinese urbanization in general)? (hypothetical or practical suggestions) ( eco-system recovery, planning, trash management, sustainable development… could be for a macro or mocro scale. )
关于中国城市的未来，我们的诸多期待和追求之一，就是一个与景观廊道网络结合在一起的贯穿城区与城郊的连续慢行系统。中国城市的车道本来都设有自行车道，但现在大多被机动车霸占，很多新修道路也开始不设自行车道。而西方的很多城市相反却已经开始忙着加设自行车道。在北京，步行网络基本不存在，很多开始崇尚户外健身的新新人类找不到跑步的场所。城市连人们这样基本的需求都不能满足，的确是很遗憾的一件事。很多耗资巨大的城市绿化工程仍然停留在“市容美化”的层面——这些“支离破碎”的景观元素未能形成连续而共同工作的系统，也无法对城市的休闲体验或生态系统的健康产生真正的影响。说到切实有效城市的宜居改造，美国的步道系统(trail)可能是个很好的例子,它们往往和景观网络结合起来：从老牌景观设计师奥姆斯泰德(Olmsted)经典名作的波士顿翡翠项链(emerald Necklace)，到全美的废旧铁路的步道改造项目(Rail to Trail)。大尺度景观基础设施网络的构建（特别是在已有城市机理中）实属不易，城市必须在规划改造的第一步就把它纳入考虑，这样的城市才是真正有远见的。
After a decade of economic boom with no control over the side effects of massive industrialization, the environmental issues are becoming more and more important for the public opinion and thus are becoming central in the government’s agenda. Chinese cities so far have repeated all the patterns of growth of the western world (only at an unprecedented speed and scale), but it is time to experiment with new radical models that are not just about adding a little bit of green here and there but about rethinking completely the energetic framework of the city. It is time to revisit and find inspirations from some of the valuable heritage that was embedded in the long tradition of Chinese cities that are symbiotically related to their natural environment. In this context we are very excited about the possibility of researching new urban paradigms for the Chinese cities of the future.
For Chinese cities, one of our wishes is a system that combines urban green corridors with extensive continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail networks. Originally Chinese cities had biking lanes, though half of which today are sadly occupied by all possible kinds of vehicle… On the contrary, western cities have started inserting bicycle lanes to existing roads, planning in advance their infrastructural networks.
In Beijing, apart from the canals that provides the city with intimate spatial “brackets”, a pedestrian network doesn’t really exist. People that are fond of outdoor sports couldn’t find freely places to go jogging, all outdoor activities are confined in either gated parks and or enclosed communities. A city that cannot even provide such basic functions makes one feel unable to manage his/her free time, makes one loose the impetus of exploring, discovering; it is simply quite sad. It seems that everything in Beijing is confined, defined, secluded, controlled, watched, managed…Even the road network suffers for this specific attitude. There are huge investments in the beatification-mania of controlling every road intersection but these are kind of superficial adjustments; either decorations or people-car regimentations. It’s a managerial attitude that deals mainly with control, ordering, standardization, classification…
One good example that we could look at, as a way of intervening in the urban fabric, is the trail system in the US, which usually goes hand in hand with green networks: from the masterpiece of Olmsted’s Boston “Emerald Necklace”, to the “Rail to trail” program which converts abandoned railways to hiking trails nationwide, to the recent High Line case. The integration of landscape and infrastructures should be considered from the first step in every planning process.
What is next for reMIX?
We are trying to establish stable collaborations with international universities and local research centres to push our research on urbanism further. Being a small office, we are very conscious of our limitations, but we hope that working within a much larger framework we’ll have the possibility to complement our expertise with the best professionals of each field and have a much stronger impact.
XS: branching tensions
S: orchid hotel, YMZ
M: Guilin Hotel
L: Sanriku, Jianshi
XL: Delta City
Type: installation, workshop at Tsinghua Fine Arts
Size: 60 sqm
Location: Beijing, China
Students: 4th year Interior Design Studio: Martina Muratori, Luca Lotumolo, Bai Lan, Chen Jing, Chen Yun, Liu Yi, Meng Xiaojing, Song Wei, Zhao Qianqian
Instructors:Eva Castro, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino
This installation is the result of a workshop with students from Tsinghua Academy of Fine Arts. It comes from the understanding of design not in an aprioristic manner but as a process-based framework in which various logical operations and the performance of the different components characterize the aesthetic and emergent properties of the resulting space. We proposed a strategy in which the final shape was not given and predetermined from the beginning but was generated as a result of an “organic” construction process.
The main design elements are: hexagons of three types and scales that determine different geometric formations, elastic cables that link the connectors and balloons filled-up with water that help achieve the final tensional stability.
The intervention is a tactic of punctual decisions: the design of few basic components, their location through connectors and their balancing logic once assembled together create a dynamic spatial organization that is open to further on-site alterations.
The interplay of these three actors and the complex dynamic stability that is generated offers the possibility of literally playing on site, allowing the students to interact, discuss and mediate altogether in the creation of their singular constellations.
The trees reach a stable condition only when the final weight is applied at the bottom. Thus the operation of linking different formations together modifies the system’s overall balance, altering and affecting the position of every other single branch.
The new Orchid Hotel in Dashilar is the result of the renovation of a traditional courtyard house with certain historical value. The original layout presented a sequence of three courtyards surrounded by wooden-structure residential pavilions along a 60m long central axis. In recent years the site had been converted into a textile factory and the initial volumes were strongly altered.
Our intervention starts from the recovery of the main pavilions, which were relatively well preserved, and the demolition of all the recent additions. A new volume along the street gives direct access to the site and hosts the general services and public functions of the hotel, while another block provides three extra bedrooms deeper in the plot and defines two gardens of similar size.
The main building, organized on three floors, is “excavated” with the insertion of multiple skylights and a vertical garden that provide natural light and ventilation to the lower levels, while preserving the maximum privacy towards the neighbors.
The original central axis has been removed and the main circulation has been relocated on the second floor along the West boundary of the plot, connecting the lobby with the two gardens and all the bedrooms. Such open-air elevated platform provides an unusual view over the roofs of the neighborhood, providing the guests with a unique and surprising perspective of the hutongs.
Size: refurbishment 120 sqm, installation 20 sqm
Location: Beijing, China
Size: 改造面积120 sqm, 展示面积 20 sqm
Yangmeizhu 2 is one of the pilot projects developed in Dashilar for the 2013 Beijing Design Week. We created a small installation on the ground floor exhibiting our concept for the future renovation of the building.
Our site consists of a series of disconnected volumes on multiple levels arranged around two little courtyards, shared by three different tenants.
The project aims at solving the vertical communication between the two floors and the roof terrace as well as improving the critical illumination and ventilation of the ground level.
The construction of a new staircase that works as a light-well creates a new core that organizes the whole internal program. At the same time, a series of small terraces and overhanging volumes extend the rooms outwards and enhance the visual connections with the communal spaces.
Type: 建筑改造, 精品酒店
Size: 10,000 平米
Location: 桂林， 广西，中国
Type: hotel refurbishment
Size: 10,000 sqm
Location: Guilin, Guangxi, China
This renovation project aims to transform a large empty building, originally planned to host several restaurants, into a boutique hotel with 100bedrooms and several public services.
The new program imposed important modifications to the facade, the creation of a swimming pool that occupies a large part of the courtyard andthe addition of new volumes on the higher levels. These punctual interventions unfortunately increased the original volumetric fragmentation of the structure. The construction of a layer of blades that partially wraps the old facade and bends into a fluid continuous roof creates a coherent envelope and a totally new identity for the building.
The blades also provide shading, while allowing natural ventilation for the rooms and the higher terraces, responding to the characteristics of the tropical climate of Guilin. Furthermore, the interstitial space between the facade and the new skin gave the opportunity to create a series of public and private terraces with good views towards the amazing landscape of the region.
来自不同领域的研究员与设计师共同成立了Harvard for Japan组织，对受灾地区的重建事业提供支持。
2012年夏，reMIX也成为Harvard for Japan一员, 参入到当地政府与城市规划机构组织的，为期一个月的志津川市重建工作坊。这个被海啸几乎完全摧毁的城市总人口为1.8万人。
On 11 March 2011 the strongest earthquake in the history of Japan hit Tohoku, generating a tsunami that killed 24.000 people and completely destroyed almost 100,000 households.
In response to the disaster, the Harvard for Japan group was soon created as a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and designers that offered support to the affected regions during the reconstruction process.
With Harvard for Japan, we joined a one-month workshop with the local government and city planning consultants on the new masterplan of
Shizugawa, a city of 18,000 inhabitants that had been almost annihilated by the tsunami.
When we started our project, the local authorities had already taken most of the strategic decisions and we were asked to operate within a set framework of functional zones, dividing our work in four main themes: residential, commercial, industrial and park.
reMIX worked on the new residential neighborhoods, which were planned to move from the costal plane to the adjacent hills. The initial masterplan defined three major zones for such relocation, with a scheme that implied a deep modification of the original topography (i.e. flattening all the hilltops in order to build on flat grounds) and would require long and very expensive earthworks.
From the analysis of the current conditions, we were able to identify some areas, within the planned residential zones, where the slopes are low enough to allow construction with minor interventions in the topography. This led to the creation of a parametric model of terraces and buildings that optimizes the earthworks and creates a flexible infrastructure for the urbanization of the hills. Different prototypes of soil-retention and building typologies are then associated to various slope conditions. Parameters such as minimum and maximum plot sizes, setback, building dimensions, solar orientation etc. informed such analysis.
By combining different slopes with specific typologies, such system would not only minimize the costs of urbanization, but it would also create a multifunctional and differentiated neighborhood, avoiding the homogeneity that often arises from large scale developments built at once in uniform conditions.
Finally, a terracing system instead of the complete flattening of the hilltop would also allow a faster and more flexible implementation of the infrastructure as the neighborhood could grow through different independent phases.
This project is the result of a collaboration with the Design and Research Institute of Hunan University. The Institute had been working for several months on the masterplan of Jianshi, a small city located in a mountainous area of the Hubei province. Our task was to analyze and assess the potentials and weaknesses of the existing proposal and provide possible alternatives.
The city is planned to expand from 50,000 to 200,000 inhabitants in the next 10 years, practically occupying the totality of the available flat land that is currently used for agricultural production. As a result of such expansion the economy of the city is also meant to evolve from primary to secondary and tertiary industry, generating an important and potentially violent rupture with its traditional identity.
Although the infrastructure and the urban fabric are carefully designed, taking into consideration the particular morphology of the terrain, and the functional distribution avoids most of the typical problems related to mono-functional zoning, the original masterplan seems to lack a clear phasing strategy and does not take full advantage of the potentials of the natural context.
Thus we elaborate a scheme that is in-formed by the materiality of the site, constituting an energetic material assemblage that can build-up a dialogue between the topography, the soil and the hydrology of the site on the one hand and the functionality and quality of the urban space on the other. We propose a system of synergies in which the urban fabric is spatially and symbiotically articulated over the natural environment, actively enhancing its potentials. Within an integrated system of green corridors, the productive landscape then becomes an important element of the public space. Analyzing the quality and productivity of the landscape, we are able to create a sequence of spatial transformations that preserves the most valuable natural elements and allows a smoother transition from the rural to the new urban economy.
In terms of design process, we divided our research in two branches, natural and artificial, which are then re-described as a single system of qualities, quantities and performances – i.e. intensities.
Through the indexing of the site (for a deeper understanding of the term and methodology, please refer to the academic section of the site) we generate maps and diagrams that are the graphic translation of specific systems of relations. The quantity and qualities extracted from the analysis of different layers are then dissected and recombined to produce a more comprehensive and holistic knowledge of the territory.
The soil productivity is evaluated through the combination of: slope analysis, accessibility and developable areas; water run-off, possible water collection systems and potential hazards; soil quality and solar radiation levels. The configuration of the green corridors is then mediated by the existing vegetation, the main infrastructure and a logic of spatial sequences related to the public space.
Finally the road network is punctually redesigned in order to generate loops that allow an easier implementation of the public transportation system.
Willets Point in Flushing, Queens, New York is a heavily urbanized estuary whose ecological conditions have been subject to a serious degradation over the past century. It is also a relatively low and flat site, thus vulnerable to 100-years flooding.
This project takes the current pressure for urban redevelopment as an opportunity to propose an innovative infrastructural framework for the site, exploring new urban typologies that are driven by ecological and environmental dynamics.
The current coastline, generated by a bulkhead of highly engineered seawalls marks a clear differentiation between water and land that rejects any form of tidal dynamics. In our project this existing infrastructure is substituted by a more resilient land-water interface that can gradually recover a healthy estuary ecology.
A series of tidal channels mitigates the flooding risk by releasing flood water to adjacent water bodies and green spaces during extreme storm events. The new channels structure and divide the site into a series of islands. Various buffer zones along the streams generate different types of urban open spaces and work as flood plains during the fluvial processes. Meanwhile, a system of storm water wetlands located upland delays the surface water runoff and treats the storm water before conveying it to the estuary bay.
The concept of “living with flooding” is explored as an alternative model of inhabiting this problematic, fragile and complex ecological context.
A strategy of vertical zoning is developed through a series of elevational relationships, intentionally allowing some areas (mostly parking, and open spaces) to be occasionally flooded during storm events, in order to prioritize the protection of the zones with denser urban development or strategic programmatic importance.
The water system is also the key driver for the creation of a new network of open spaces, pedestrian paths and built volumes, triggering the emergence of new housing typologies, with innovative streetscapes and building–landscape relationships. Various modules and distributions of storm water wetlands create urban blocks of different sizes and a branching water network provides continuous pedestrian paths through all the open spaces. Punctual earthwork provides the site with a new micro-topography that collects and distribute storm water, while creating unique spatial conditions.
These new features not only reactivate the estuary ecologies but also contribute to strengthen the local identity of the site, increasing its land value. In this way, the project generates a synergy between economy and ecology, so often conflicting with each other in the global context of environmental degradation and speculative urbanization.
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陈忱 Chen Chen
独立实践前，陈忱曾在中美多个事务所工作，并应邀主持多个城市设计研习班的教学(MIT 2012,AA 北京 2012,Veritas 2011, etc)。
Chen Chen graduated in Architecture at Tsinghua University; in 2010 she obtained a Master degree in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London and in 2013 she completed with distinction a Master in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD, obtaining the Jacob Weidenman Award, the highest design award of the year.
She won several International prizes in architecture and landscape design, including the Grand Prix at Paris International Competition for Sustainable Design (2008) and the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Honour Award (2011 and 2013). Urban design work “Delta city” was exhibited in Rottermdam Biennale 2012; Installation “Memoryscape” was exhibited in festival des architectures vives, France 2013.
Before establishing reMIX studio, she has collaborated with design offices in China and the US and has been teaching urban design workshops worldwide (MIT, AA, Veritas, etc.).
费德里科 Federico Ruberto
Federico Ruberto graduated in Architecture and received his Master degree in Urban and Landscape Design from the Italian Polytechnic of Milan in 2008. Since 2013 he is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School where focusing on philosophy he is analyzing, through phenomenological inquires, the relationships and the emergence of different spatial thresholds.
In 2009 he won the International Competition at the XI Krakow Architecture Triennial with a project on the urban infrastructural system that has been published by several international magazines.
He has collaborated with numerous architectural offices in Italy and worked as Project Architect at Plasma Studio and Groundlab in London and Beijing. Nowadays he is involved in the Landscape Urbanism course at Tsinghua University and Beijing LCD (Laboratory for Computational Design) and has been invited to several international workshops including the Architectural Association Visiting School in Beijing 2012 and São Paulo 2013.
尼古拉 Nicola Saladino
Nicola Saladino graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and in 2009 he obtained his Master degree with distinction from the Landscape Urbanism program at the Architectural Association in London.
He has carried out several workshops in the Architectural Association and has been invited to numerous international universities such as MIT, Veritas (Costa Rica), Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University, where he is currently involved in the Landscape Urbanism course. He is also a tutor at Beijing LCD (Laboratory for Computational Design).
As a designer he worked in several offices in Barcelona, London and Beijing on urban design and architecture, including Plasma Studio and Groundlab.
present & past collaborators:
Alessandro Basile, Liu Dong, Qu Pingshan, Luca Lotumolo, Alessandro Iezzi, Wang Jianling, Maria Francesca Di Alessandro, Aniruddha Mukherjee, Virginia Savoini