Wild Beijing is an initiative that aims to address uncontrolled urban growth in Beijing, a city experiencing unprecedented rapid expansion with constantly shifting approaches to producing urban structures. Rather than relying on current regulatory processes, Wild Beijing takes a proactive approach to the urban environment by proposing strategic measures that leverage subversive forces to increase mobile density. This strategy ultimately results in a hyper-dense city with three-dimensional congestion, highlighting the potential future of Beijing.
Wild Beijing seeks to integrate two apparently contradictory approaches to urban planning: the top-down method of creating enclosed developments and the unregulated street-level activities that permeate the urban landscape. This approach advocates for a new urban process by using large-scale development projects as a foundation for promoting street commerce. Rather than viewing unregulated activities as detrimental, they are seen as an opportunity to disrupt the rigid structure of existing residential blocks and propagate like a virus infection. Once they reach a critical mass, they will trigger a transformative process that results in a continuous and hyper-dense artificial landscape capable of accommodating all types of street life.
It may seem contradictory, but over the past decade, urban development has shown that the pursuit of modernism in urban planning has resulted in a reality that is the opposite of its intended ideal. This has led to a more complex condition that intensifies diversities within the city, such that today’s metropolis is no longer easily defined.