Related Staff : Juan Du
Keywords: Informal Settlements, Urban Villages, Urban Renewal, Collective Housing, Architectural Ethnography
The Urban Ecologies Studio aims to confront conventional urban renewal practices with alternative sustainable architectural design strategies for the contemporary city of accelerated (re)development. By understanding the city as a synthesized ecosystem comprised of Environmental (resources and services), Social (people and communities), Economic (costs and effects) and Constructed elements (buildings and infrastructure), this line of investigation proposes architectural interventions that negotiate the relationships among these elements. This design research methodology expands upon existing analysis and design techniques utilized within the field of architecture by introducing important understanding from knowledge fields such as history, landscape, geography, sociology, economics, and political science. The agenda is to create an architecture that is not overwhelmed by the complexities of the city, rather to view the multiple resources and conflicts as agencies of effective design.