时有时无 SHI YOU SHI WU - “Sometimes Showing, Other Times Not”
A Plug-in Tricycle as a Response to Beijing’s Political Situation
Kai Qiang Da Dong, meaning “to open a hole in the wall”, was a common practice which small business owners would take down walls illegally in Beijing’s hutong areas to create a large access to their shops. Since spring 2017, the facades that were previously modified without approval were gradually being bricked up by the government, as part of a city-wide beautification project. While the hutong streetscape is being unified, this construction effort inevitably puts pressure on the shop owners, as many have reported a significant drop in their sales due to reduced street frontage. While construction is still taking place across the city, some storefronts are being privately modified again to adapt to the situation.
“Shi You Shi Wu” (十有十无) is the name of a set of standards to bring back the picturesque hutong alleys. The title of this art project is also “Shi You Shi Wu” (时有时无), meaning “sometimes showing, other times not”. Our design team is interested in exploring other possibilities that would restore the traditional hutong streetscape and minimize disruption to the shops at the same time. With practicality and a sense of humor, this design suggests an alternative that can be easily produced, flexibly moved and plugged-in to any bars in the Hutong areas as a response to the current political situation. During the daytime, the tricycle can be parked at any locations in the Hutong. Reflective outside surface makes the package visually integrate into the surrounding chaotic environment. At about 6 pm every day, the tricycle will be parked in front of a window and the stairs will be expanded and the furniture will be unpackaged in order to quickly create a nighttime leisure place.
十有十无 SHI YOU SHI WU - Beijing's Political Situation
Beijing government plans to control the population and industry in Peking. Demolition of shops and building the walls became a method to control the population.
The Government of Beijing carried out special actions to rectification unregistered business and “Holes in The Walls”.
No illegal construction.
No illegal holes in walls.
No business on the public street.
No business without a license.
No direct public housing be illegally sublet.
No rent for living in underground space, no group of rent.
No illegal employment.
No huddle debris on street.
No parking vehicles out of parking area.
No illegal advertising plaque.
The government installed the billboards for street shops. They said it was a temporary solution to keep the environment clean and tidy just for 2008 Olympic Games.
From Cellar Door To Cellar Window
There are several of bars at the Fangjia Alley. Cellar Door was one of the bars which had a glazing facade face to the street. This area was widely acclaimed by local people foreigners. Probably it was one of the coolest places in Beijing.
Affected by Beijing policy, Cellar Door had to fill the facade with bricks. Only three small windows with the same size and height are allowed. They have replaced the role of the door so Cellar Door has been renamed to Cellar Window.
The bar was kept open, even after the facade was bricked up.
Proposal have two status for daytime and nighttime.
All windows are limited by policy with the same height and dimension.
The Kinetic Tricycle
Compositions of Layers
Experiment with reflective materials
Study in Factories
Materials and construction methods study in factories
Daytime - Disguising in Hutong
During the daytime, the tricycle can be parked at any locations in the Hutong. Reflective outside surface makes the package visually integrate into the surrounding chaotic environment.
At 6 P.M.
At 6 p.m. every day, the furniture are unpackaged from the tricycle and the tricycle itself becomes a staircase. These images show the process.
- Stop the tricycle in front of a window.
- Remove all furnitures and put them in the places where they are needed.
- Rotate the lower part of the stairs to make sure it touchs on the ground.
- Rotate the upper part of the stairs to make sure it touchs on the wall. Now the trycycle can be used as stairs.
Nighttime - A Bar
During the nighttime, components of the tricycle become essential furniture, serving various functions for circulation, standing, and seating. Such a good time for drinking!