In the emerging era of environmental concerns, extending from degradation to resource depletion and climate change, urban infrastructure is being reimagined. Beyond the “hard” physical structures and systems necessary for the secure, healthy and efficient functioning of cities, new “soft” blue and green infrastructures are providing eco-system services at multiple scales. Ecological infrastructure is fundamental to urban design, weaving together community design and environmental engineering. The Sino-US Eco-Urban Lab, a joint effort by Tongji University and Georgia Tech, combines multiple disciplines in international research settings for quantitative performance measures of urban infrastructure and urban form. In addition, design studios and workshops use urban design experiments to test quantitative and qualitative interdisciplinary research findings to demonstrate how ecological infrastructure can be positioned within the public domain and join with contemporary real estate development. Recent design-based research has focused on water as a resource in stormwater management, near-zero energy district design and eco urban performance metrics, expanding the once universal dependence on hard infrastructure to the urban design concerns of morphology, public space and building design.
Professor, School of Architecture
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and City and Regional Planning
Professor Emeritus, School of City and Regional Planning