OPEN Architecture's OPEN Metropolis

John Hill
6. September 2022
Photo: Screenshot from OPEN Metropolis Trailer

Ranging from public toilets to bus stations and urban parks, the OPEN Metropolis series aims to create a true "city for everyone" through a strategy OPEN calls "Voids for the Needs." The third film, "Redline Shops | Streets with Life," for example, imagines the walls of gated communities as an "urban street interface" filled with small shops. The potential transformation of restrictive fences into inviting shops is depicted, as in the other films, through photographs, diagrams, and architectural drawings. While squarely focused on Beijing, the series offers lessons — in design as well as representation — that could easily apply to other cities.

Watch the eight-part OPEN Metropolis film series below, on OPEN Architecture's website, or on OPEN's Vimeo channel.

I – Clean Station | Body Purification System:

II – New Life of Temples | Reinventing the Spiritual Home:

III – Redline Shops | Streets with Life:

IV – Overpass Market | Life in the City:

V – Flyover Apartment | Home for the Youth:

VI – Bus Terminus Floating Island | Sports Field in the Air:

VII – Nomadic Forest | Free Living Camp:

VIII – Wild Park | Symbiosis between Urban and Nature:

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