Castle for capital
Architecture, as the supplier of design and space, is naturally political. This nature is not only manifested behind shining glass curtain walls covering real estate bubbles, but also reflects on the generic formula that makes spatial product consisting of market-led valued land. These valued lands are closely connected with each other yet separate from the cityscape, which leads to urban discontinuity.
Iconic architecture is a consequence of a globalised economy wherein property developers, more than municipalities, are the primary shapers of cities. This architecture leaves our cities as monofunctional deserts at the behest of capital, creating divided enclaves whose barriers are drawn by the value of assets. Architects are not motivated to serving greater goods such as society or the environment, but are more likely clinging to power and capital. As a result, architecture has become a tool to further consolidate and expand the property of the rich, which expands social inequality and ingratiates capitalist ideology. My project is a propositional critique of these trends, exaggerating the present situation in its urban physical characteristics, using a design project as a text of satire and criticism.
The project is a network of hyper-developed airports with extended runways and expanded passenger capacity, integrating aerial transit, hotels, conference centres and leisure complexes into single megastructures, serving nearby business districts. The scheme intends to further connect these financial enclaves, materialise their invisible barriers with local surroundings, and deteriorate the urban continuity. The qualities of space are intended to elaborate a sealed fortress that serves as a ‘castle for capital’.
The integrated business and leisure complex including conference centres, theatre, casino, restaurants and golf course allows business negotiation to happen without leaving the building. Accompanying the large number of business zones that are being established, this project aims to create a dystopian yet realistic perspective of divided valued land where people worship money and celebrate inequality. It also raises a discussion of how architects can compromise economic benefits and the pure pursuit of architecture.
School of Architecture
MA Architecture, 2018
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Jieqi Ge is a graduate architect from the Royal College of Art. With an experience of studying and working in both the UK and China, Jieqi has obtained sufficient skills and a global awareness of architecture practice and research.
Jieqi has worked as an architectural assistant for China State Architecture Design and Research Group, MAD Architects and ReMix studio for projects in various scales and context. Using architecture as a mechanism for a wider critique, he is especially interested in the relationship between built form and social-political ideology. His dissertation, A Critical reflection on Contemporary Chinese Architecture, a systematic attempt to trace the evolution of architecture during the tremendous changes in the social-political backgrounds of China, was awarded distinction. The group project, Collective Equipment in Gaza, collaborated with other universities and nongovernmental organisations in developing a series of systems, simplified the architecture construction for local people under the blockage of Israel.
Jieqi received his B.Arch from the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He envisions himself conducting theoretical research and writing architectural criticisms, contributing to a global understanding of West and East architecture.
- B.Arch, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 2011
- Researcher, ADS7 - Royal College of Art, Forensic Architecture, CRA - Goldsmiths University; Architectural Assistant Designer, China State Architecture Design and Research Group (CADG); Teaching Assistant, ReMix Studio; Intern Architectural Assistant, Beijing Jiangong Architectural Design and Research Institute; Intern Architectural Assistant, MAD Architects; Research Assistant, Atelier Fronti
- Distinction for Critical and Historical Studies Research Dissertation, Royal College of Art; First Prize for Nationwide Merit Student Project, National Steering Committee for College Architectural Studies; Bronze Prize for Autodesk Revit Cup National Student Sustainable Architecture Design Competition, National Steering Committee for College Architectural Studies; Outstanding Undergraduate Project for United Competition of National Architectural Colleges, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Third Prize at 6th Fangxing Cup National College Student Real Estate Planning Competition, China Construction Education Association