As of June 3rd 2018, KFS Architects Inc. is proud to begin academic communications across borders to faculty and students from the Peter Guo-Hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University. The opening ceremony was held on the 4th of June, 2018 at KFS Architects Inc. Shanghai office where members of various parties met to discuss the future of this international relationship. This event was able to bring together notable heads of McGill University, such as Martin, Dean of the School of Architecture along with studio professors and a group of students to lead the kickoff of the McGill Global Studio in Shanghai. The McGill school was met by Li Zhenyu, Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Shanghai Tongji University; Huang Jianyun, Associate Dean of the School of Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University; along with the representative of the Canadian consulate and Quebec, and Chinese development corporations such as the Shenya Group and Medias who welcomed the opening of the Global Studio and the establishment of another link between China and Canada. Excitingly this gathering was also the commencement of an historical urban renewal project sited within Yuyuan road.
As you may already know, McGill university is a well respected Canadian university established in 1821, located in the heart of Montreal, Canada. It is one of Canada’s top universities and the world at large, and its architecture program- established in 1896- is also as admirable in the Canadian and international rankings. Over the past hundred years, McGill university has earned a high reputation, and is an institution internationally known for their quality of high level research. After the commencement of the Global Studio (Shanghai) , the professors and students of McGill University were taken on a trip to Zhuhai Hengqin, China, to celebrate the establishment of the Global Studio (Hengqin) of the Peter Guo-Hua Fu school of Architecture. Once there the professors and students of the new Global Studio visited the president of Macau University, Song Yonghua, where they learned of the history of the city and the architectural activity currently taking place in the region.
The class then came back to Shanghai for a more detailed information session on the Yuyuan regeneration project with little time to take any breaks. The project is focused on revitalizing the century old yuyuan road in the Changning district, Shanghai, through the proposal of a renovation of the area. The role of the McGill Global Studio will be to come up with a concept design for the site that engages in sustainable urban planning and challenges the program of a typical urban area. Yuyuan road is currently a high-grade residential district of the west of Shanghai, which will pose interesting challenges for the studio in the context of the site. One of the constraints on the site is its abundance of historical sites, such as the old villas on the roadside that are government regulated to maintain more old-fashioned lanes, but the landscaping and public activity space is relatively scarce and free to design, most of the streets are currently unorganized and also open to full redevelopment. So in response to these phenomena, Changning district decided to make a series of modifications to it, and this time the McGill Global Studio will participate in the Urban renewal.
On Monday morning June 11, the professors and students of the McGill Global studio will summarize and analyze their research results. After this, they will meet two more times to summarize, and complete the design work in four to six months.