Design Trust Seed Grant

Emergent Urban Ecologies

‘Emergent Urban Ecologies’ is an intensive computational design programme that brings together students and teaching staff from MKSSS’s Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women, Pune, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During a five-day workshop, participants will engage with the latest digital design and fabrication methodologies and apply them to a public space in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. They will produce a large-scale suspended fabric canopy that will remain on-site for a period of two weeks, providing shading and playful spaces of different scale and character. The programme will bring valuable opportunities for exchange between students and teaching staff with different cultural backgrounds and engage with historical and contemporary challenges facing an old urban district in Hong Kong. By connecting digital tools to cultural issues in activating community spaces, the programme demonstrates a new field of application for socially driven computational design.

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.