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Research by Infrastructural Design: Systems thinking from the perspective of thermodynamics

Format: Papers, RSD11, RSD11: Radical shifts in planetary health, Topic: Architecture & Planning, Topic: Cases & Practice

Simin Tao,1 Qi Zhang,2 Linxue Li2  and Yuze Song

College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University (1) | College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University (2)

Smog has contributed largely to the environmental problems of many cities in China. On the other hand, China has gone through a period of rapid infrastructure growth in the urbanisation process. People have noticed the potential of infrastructure in mega-cities as part of the built environment, and the paper presents three infrastructure-oriented proposals from a summer school project named “Design against Smog: Air through the Lens of Thermodynamic Architecture” which aims to deal with the problems in Lujiazui area of Shanghai. The proposals show their systems thinking on urban functions, use different types of infrastructure as bridges to connect the air to urban activities and give their possible strategies for purifying smog.

KEYWORDS:  infrastructure, smog, urbanism, high-rise, thermodynamic architecture

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Author(s): Simin Tao, Qi Zhang, Linxue Li, and Yuze Song
Year: 2022
Title: Research by Infrastructural Design: Systems thinking from the perspective of thermodynamics
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 157
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/research-by-infrastructural-design-systems-thinking-from-the-perspective-of-thermodynamics
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 21 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404