Perry P. J. Yang

Perry P. J. Yang
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room 715, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Data Driven Urban Design
Professor Perry P. J. Yang
Associate Professor and Director of Eco Urban Lab,
School of City and Regional Planning and School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Urban design is becoming data-driven in the context of data science, pervasive computing, internet of things (IoT) and urban automation. How does data science derive properties of complex urban systems as “general” principles or prescriptions for planning that are normally “contextual”? How do we contextualize technologies and data science for addressing social, institutional and physical problems? The emerging technologies are changing urban design, architecture and city planning professions in the post-cyber space era. Unlike the technological change of internet, a tabula rasa of virtual reality, the IoT and pervasive computing create a new paradigm of placemaking by integrating the physical and digital world, in which proximity, urban context and physical form of cities are crucial. The design of smart cities consists of homes, work places, public spaces and infrastructure systems that are becoming situational, and have to be more adaptable and resilient for future changes.

The talk will introduce recent works on a smart city sites for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics Games, Hangzhou 2020 Asian Games Village design, a near zero energy district design nearby Disney Shanghai and a new initiative of Georgia Tech’s new global campus in Shenzhen.

About the speaker

Perry Yang is an Associate Professor and Director of Eco Urban Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Covestro (Bayer Material Science) Chair Professor of UN Environment (UNEP) Institute at Tongji University. Yang’s work focuses on promoting ecological and energy performance of cities through urban design. He has been awarded prizes in international competitions since 2005, including the 2009 World Games Park at Kaohsiung, Taiwan that opened in July 2009, featured by CNN as “an eco-friendly venue”. He is a guest editor of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science for the theme issue Urban Systems Design. He is a board member of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE), and a scientific committee member of International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE) to chair the session on Urban Energy Systems Design for ICAE from 2014 to 2018. Yang is currently coordinating new campus planning for Georgia Tech’s global campus in Shenzhen.