Emergent Urban Ecologies

Under the title ‘Emergent Urban Ecologies’, academics, students and recent graduates from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed designs for a suspended fabric canopy that can create shading and playful spaces in existing public areas. Using advanced digital design and fabrication methodologies, the project shows how computer-aided design can be informed by site-specific issues such as climate comfort and activity patterns. By connecting digital tools to cultural factors around activating community spaces, the project demonstrates a new field of application for socially driven computational design.

Under the title ‘Emergent Urban Ecologies’, academics, students and recent graduates from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed designs for a suspended fabric canopy that can create shading and playful spaces in existing public areas. Using advanced digital design and fabrication methodologies, the project shows how computer-aided design can be informed by site-specific issues such as climate comfort and activity patterns. By connecting digital tools to cultural factors around activating community spaces, the project demonstrates a new field of application for socially driven computational design.

While the project aims at developing a system and methodology for computer-aided social placemaking that could be applied to a range of sites in Hong Kong, one specific case study site will be used to demonstrate a first prototype built at 1:1 scale. A small temporary canopy will be designed to create shading and privacy around the existing seating at the rooftop public space in between the H.A.N.D.S. shopping mall and the Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun. The outcome will benefit the local residents of the public housing estate, who depend on the public spaces around their residences for recreational and socialising activities, which in turn contribute to their mental health and well-being.

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Design Trust Seed Grant

2019
Grantee: Jeroen van Ameijde

About Jeroen van Ameijde

Jeroen van Ameijde is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a partner of Urban Systems Office, London, a practice specialising in generative design processes for architectural and urban applications. Before joining CUHK, he taught at the Architectural Association for 11 years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bartlett, University College London, and has organised numerous workshops in collaboration with universities and institutions worldwide. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a registered architect in the UK. Jeroen’s research interests focus on the intersection between urban design and architecture at dense urban locations. He employs “generative design” as a methodology to develop programmatically complex urban and architectural proposals, as well as a value system to evaluate and speculate how these interventions can contribute to the development of the city over time.