Kunshan Studio II

Masterplan, 2015

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



  • Joshua Amsellem
  • Jianbin Wang
  • Shan He
    Geoffrey London
    UWA School of Architecture

Funded by

  • Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)

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.


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,