2011 Sep - 2011 Dec
In Beijing, there are two dominant housing types. The courtyard and the high rise.
The courtyard is a common space. Along with the common, however, there is a need for the public. The porosity needed is where the high rise is more successful; but with towers, units are insular. In a search for a housing scheme for the city , neither is sufficient. The grid is employed as a tool for flattening the common of the courtyard with the public of the highrise.
As discussed by Rosalind Krauss, the centrifugal grid extends beyond the frame of the painting ordering aspects of reality while the centripital is framed, separating from the world. Rowe also discusses the frame as an idea about how society could be organized. From above, private living and common space are connected to each other and to the city by a centrifugal grid flattening a gradient of living. In other views the centripital grid creats hierarchy of social conditions.