About Iris Belle
Prof Dr Iris Belle researches technological innovations mainly in architecture and urban planning and teaches design studio as an Assistant Professor at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai. She advises international investment firms, foundations, planning and design firms and creates concepts for using technology to make cities more livable, drawing on her research on the impact of socio-technical systems on the built environment. Her research focus includes the following themes:
- The potential of emerging technologies, specifically blockchains and distributed ledger technologies, to transform urban development, smart cities, planning, and the construction sector.
- The effects of development visions and governance processes on planning, design, and long-term quality of buildings, neighborhoods and society;
- The way values are agreed upon and transacted across organizations.
Iris holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University and a Diploma in Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is a frequent public speaker and author of the book From Economic Zone to Eco-city (Borntraeger Science Publisher, 2015). During her postdoctoral research from 2011 to 2015, she was a module coordinator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and at the Future Cities Lab (FCL), Singapore. She is fluent in German, English, Chinese, French, and Russian.
Iris has been a architectural and urban designer at gmp-architekten and AREP and conceptualized architecture and urban development themed events with DAAD, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and stadtkultur-international.
The Future of Living
“The Future of Living” will bring qualities of German collective housing projects to China. Our mission is to create places where people can share their time and skills, where neighbors inspire and help one another. A place with shared spaces and shared costs where life together is better than alone. To achieve this we assist groups of resident in identifying what and how to share, and provide architectural design services for spatial solutions.
Project booklet is out!
Blockchains and DLT in the Construction Industry
Blockchain technology is a disruptive force in the finance, insurance and logistics industry and blockchain think tanks have been established by the main industry players. Architects, engineers and builders are beginning to ask how the new technology can be applied in the built environment. In my paper I explore what the governance structures in the AEC industries mean for blockchain applications. Working and researching in China while watching Europe, I am also see that the conditions for blockchain application in China differ from those back home. Watch the screencast of my 24-minute presentation!
Download the paper here.
Hassler, Uta, Belle, Iris (2017, forthcoming) Singapore’s Building Stock – Approaches to a multi-scale documentation and analysis of transformations. Hirmer, München.
Belle, Iris (2015) From Economic Zone to Eco-city? Urban Governance and Urban Development Trends in Tianjin’s Coastal Area. Bornträger, Stuttgart.
Journal and Magazine Papers
Belle, Iris (2017) Investing in local construction skills: Scenarios for upgrading the built environment with more labor and less material resources. Procedia Engineering: 968-974.
Belle, Iris, T. Wang, U. Hassler (2015) Age of land as parameter for sustainable transformation of Singapore’s building stock. Habitat International (48): 20-29.
Wang, Tao, I. Belle, U. Hassler (2015) Modelling of Singapore’s Topographic Transformation Based on DEMs. Geomorphology (231): 367-375.
Hassler, Uta; I. Belle, W. van Aaken (2012) From Godown to Downtown: the evolution of Singapore’s port-related building stock. Bollettino del Dipartimento di Conservazione dei Beni Architettonici ed Ambientali: 500-507.
Belle, Iris (2011) From economic growth to sustainable regional development? The case of China’s Tianjin Binhai New Area. Regions (282): 15-18.
Belle, Iris (2008) The Axis to Nature—Beijing Olympic Forest Park. Topos: European Landscape Magazine (63): 22.
Conference Papers and Presentations
2017. The architecture, engineering and construction industry and blockchain technology, International Conference on Digital Architecture DADA2017, Nanjing, China: 279-284.
2016. Investing in local construction skills: Scenarios for upgrading the built environment with more labor and less material resources. “Urban Transitions Conference”, 09.09.2016, Shanghai.
2015. Long-term perspectives: Preservation of the building stock. “One Day Workshop on Reconciling Tensions between Tourism and Heritage Conservation in the Melaka World Heritage Site”, Melaka World Heritage Office, 19.08.2015“, Melaka.
2015. Neue Medien, neue Möglichkeiten—Stadtwirklichkeiten und Stadtvisionen in Singapur. (New media, new possibilities—Singapore’s urban realities and urban visions.) Workshop “Urbanisierung in Asien— Stadträume organisieren – Räume, sich in der Stadt zu organisieren“ (Urbanisation in Asia—Organising urban space—spaces for organising urban activities) 12.06.2015, Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung Berlin.
2014. Topographic Change and Transformations of the Built Environment. Workshop “Reconstructing Singapore’s Disappeared Hills“, 26.09.2014, ETH Zürich.
2014. Transforming and Mining Urban Stocks. Symposium “Research, Outcomes And Prospects“, 25.09.2014, ETH Zürich.
2013. Local Boom and Global Networks: Making Sense of a Chinese Municipality. Keynote, 2nd International Seminar “Rethinking the Metropolis II“, 9.10.2013, UAM Xochimilco, Mexico-City.
2013. Hierarchies, Markets, Networks and the New Chinese City: Observations from the Tianjin Coastal Area. “Inter-Asian Seminar on Asian Megacities: Asian Urbanism and Beyond“, 16.08.2013, Chinese University, Hong Kong.
2012. From Godown to Downtown: The Evolution of Singapore‘s Port-related Building Stock. Conference: “Port Cities as Hotspots of Creative and Sustainable Local Development“, 01.09.2012, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.
2012. Researching Singapore‘s Building Stock. “World Urban Forum”, 03.09.2012, Naples.
2012. Of Survivors and Losers: Exploring Patterns of Transformation of Singapore‘s Building Stock. “2nd Future Cities Lab Conference“, 11.09.2012, Zürich.
2012. How Yesterday’s Planning Determines Today’s Strategies and Shapes Tomorrow’s City—Monitoring and Evaluating the Long-Term Effect of Planning on Singapore’s Building Stock. “Sustainable Cities—Annual Conference for the Consortium of African and Asian Studies“, 29.01.2012, Singapore.
2012. Patterns of Survival: Buildings in Rochor District, Singapore. “Planetary Urbanisation“, 31.01.2012, Singapore.
2011. Historic Structure and Dynamics of Singapore’s Building Stock. “Asian Urbanisms in the Age of Global Modernity“, Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, 20.09.2011, Singapore.
2010. with Wang Fang. General Aspects of the Chinese National and Corporate Culture(s). IMM 2010 class (executive MBA students) der GISMA Business School, 24.08.2010. Beijing.
2010. From Economic Growth to Sustainable Regional Development? The Case of China´s Tianjin Binhai New Area. “1st Workshop of the RSA Research Network Ecological Regional Development“, Institute of Ecological Regional Development, 11-12.06.2010, Dresden.
2009. Von der Sonderwirtschaftszone zur Eco-city—Urban Governance und Stadtentwicklung im Tianjin Binhai New Area. “8th NSE-Doktoranden-Kolloquium—Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Planning“, 3.10.2009, Karlsruhe.
2007. Urban Governance and Urban Development in Special Developent Zones—Institutions and Innovations after 1978. “Urban Governance, Urban Development and Economic Dynamics in Chinese Urban Agglomerations“, 19.10.2007, Nanjing University.