Works 1
Works 2
On Haishi - Mirage City Project

The History of the Project
Discourse on Utopia presented at Any Conference
Conceptual Panel
On the Exhibition: (ICC Gallery)

1. Prototype
2. Signatures
3. Visitors
4. Internet
Participation in the Exhibition through the Web Pages
Participation Artist's

April 19th to July 13th, 1997 [Finished] Gallery A

Venezia Biennale Six-fold Screen #2

The building types proposed for the tentatively-zoned areas in Kaishi are transformed by means of computer simulation so as to adapt the historical spatial structures of mainland China to meet contemporary usage requirements. Programs to accommodate the new Kaishi lifestyle are designed to be conductive to interaction with "the other", i.e. people from other communities.

Every unit of the living quarters is equipped with an information terminal in addition to the rooms necessary for daily life. Ring-shaped housing for large families of "ke-jia" and townhouses with courtyards in the form of "si-he-yuan" are arranged as building prototypes; the former are transformed in a spiral movement and the latter follow a spatial grid that allows development in an informal way.

The urban structure of the island is not rigidly predetermined from the beginning of the project. Rather, the network for development is generated gradually, born from the spontaneous coupling of various points. As Kaishi island is an autonomous body, it uses its own specific combination of transportation devices including the solar car, bicycle, motor boat, moving road, etc.

The southern part of Asia is a place of water civilization - where people live on the sea and use canals for transportation. In some cases transportation facilities double as living spaces. For instance, the people of "dan-ming" live in boats, and "su-zhou", on the southeast coast of mainland China, is famous for its network of canals. The main environmental element in Kaishi is also the water, which surrounds and penetrates the island.

Just as DNA is imprinted in every cell, both living and working units on Kaishi share the same pre-programmed format of information and convention. However, as the rate of information exchange accelerates, some activities will be in a state of constant flux, and this large tourbillon of activity calls for a special building type for working and meeting.

The pond from which "qi" springs is aligned with the central axis demanded by "fen-sui". Working, meeting, gathering, and recreational facilities are assembled on each side of the centrally located freshwater pond, absorbing the flow dynamics of the tourbillon movement and taking as prototype models "zi-jin-cheng" (the forbidden city) and "tian-tan."

Six-fold Screen #2