全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
Barbican

都市实践 / 中国

URBANUS / China


The barbican, a defensive facility for cities in ancient China, was used for more than a thousand years. According to Annals of Xin'an County produced in the reign of Emperor Jiaqing during the Qing Dynasty, the south, east and west gates of Nantou Old Town still had complete barbicans back then.Due to the damage in war and the loss of defense function, barbicans had been dismantled along with some city walls during contemporary and modern urban renovations.This UABB is themed as "Urban Symbiosis", With this opportunity, an "imaginary" barbican is reproduced outside the south gate, presenting a new identity that will last for three months in Nantou Old Town. The "historical reproduction" of south barbican will temporarily change the spatial experience of entry into the old town, with its function switched into an exhibition corridor narrating the history of barbicans. Without interference with existing trees and city walls, the barbican, together with the old city gate, encloses a temporary theatre to stage the performances of the opening ceremony. The "barbican" naturally presents a landform of lower north and higher south. Without causing damage to existing ground of the old town, combined steel and wood structures are employed to minimize the weight of the barbican, whose outside surface of dark sunshade net presents a light, temporary and open gesture outside the ancient city gate.the "barbican" will kick off a grand cultural play of "Urban Symbiosis" in this UABB.