Seminar on “Life cycle evaluation of urban fragments with design scenarios” at Tianjin University, with Prof. Yang Wei (lead, Tianjin University, Department of Architecture) and Guest Prof. Niklaus Kohler.

In this seminar in the category Environmental Resources master and PhD-level architecture, urban design and planning students get familiar with the method of life-cycle evaluation for an urban fragment each sized between 10 to 30 hectares. Despite sharing geographical borders, the morphology of the fragments varied widely, including industrial heritage, post Earthquake housing, a centuries old village, an art school and very recent residential compounds of different densities. Scenarios were developed comparing design qualities, material and energy consumption, as well as implications for disaster resilience. Students imagined threats of demographic, environmental and economic character.

I had the chance to present part of the studies on urban fragments I had done with the team at the Future Cities Lab in Singapore, highlighting the dilemma, arising from the need to maintain and upgrade existing buildings, but also the range of possibilities architects, planners and policy makers have to approach this task.

The last day of the lecture series was held at天津巷肆创意产业园. Without doubt the best place to discuss the principles and advantages of long-term oriented planning for our built environment.

Thanks everyone for participating and thanks to Prof. Yang Wei and Prof. Kohler for inviting me back a second time.