Kunshan Studio II

A real time project examining new urban typologies and form for the emerging city of Kunshan in China.

kunshan studio 2

“Clean urban water fosters tourism, social engagement and activation, and improved health and well-being.” – Maud Cassaignau

Now in its second year, and following on from Project 1 in 2014, the second Kunshan Studio project was a demonstration project exploring the potential for new urban typologies and sustainability systems in the emerging City of Kunshan, this time as part of China’s Sponge City Initiative. The focus of The Studio was to deliver a site-based response to integrated water management through urban and architectural design that could play a broader strategic role in the City’s plan. It aimed to deliver a new civic, market and park precinct, connecting the existing urban fabric of the city to its cultural heritage and broader ecological framework and at the same time build the foundations for a city-wide water cleansing system.

The studio has been a trans-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Architecture and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Maud Cassaignau and Markus Jung from MADA and directors of XPACE led the studio with Jon Shinkfield from realm studios.


Maud Cassaignau, MADA Department of Architecture
Markus Jung, MADA Department of Architecture, XPACE architecture + urban design
Jon Shinkfield, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Realm Studios

Joshua Amsellem, Rothelowman
Jianbin Wang, CRCWSC
Shan He, UWA School of Architecture
Geoffrey London, UWA School of Architecture
Diego Ramirez-Lovering, MADA Department of Architecture

Funded by
Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)

MADA Architecture students
Clare Barclay
Peter Brandon
Lok Ok Choo
Sam Cudlipp
Leonor Gausachs
Ivy Geng
Madeleine Hurst
Jason Pitts
Tim Shallue
Ning Shen
Yilan Sun
Yupeng Wang
Samira Wakhlu
Alex Williams
Kai Zhu

Program diagram, 2015

System diagram, 2015

Model photo, 2015

Urban edge, 2015

Waterfront, 2015

Water courtyards, 2015

Wetland park, 2015