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P1 Drawings

Completed Section bacl render 1 Final Elevation P1 Pedit Plan ShadowCHAIN (1)

Height Diagram and Elevation

new scheme road network [Converted] skyline


Interior Render 1 perspective Render 3 perspective Render 3 Perspective Render 4 Perspective Render 5 sketch 3 sketch 4


parkland attraction

FCL Research Assignment

Arch 4001

Ming Tang

Benjamin Tamarkin


Future Cities Laboratory Review


Future Cities Laboratories is a collection of over a hundred scholars who work together on discovering solutions to urban issues with the goal of achieving a more sustainable urban environment. As part of this goal, the lab seeks effective changes to today’s urban studies programs in an attempt to ensure an increase in this sustainable focus for the future. The urban focus is caused by cities exaggerated collection of peoples and consumption of resources. The population density of cities creates a cultural center, which breeds the highest concentration of social, economic, and political advancements and dilemmas. The FCL website states that “cities are the engines of economy, sites of diversity and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship”, and this summarizes their urban based focus. It is understood that cities are currently the most lethal weapons against our biosphere quality, but it is the Lab’s goal to fully realize cities high potentials in realizing a sustainable balance in our ecosystem, and in the way its residences live their lives. This approach no longer involves urban planners alone, but is a multidisciplinary machine involving architects, planners, engineers, economists, etc. These professionals are gathered to determine how future cities might be “designed, produced, managed, maintained, and inhabited in a way that supports global sustainability.”

FCL’s approach is based off of its “Urban Metabolism” framework, which is based around resource control. Attempting to create a circular flow of these resources instead of the usual input/output system used today. This shift of a focus from the city as a site to being instead viewed as a system made up of many elements. Energy, water, capital, people, space, and information are all parts of this system that are under inspection, with the hopes of innovating their collaboration, management, and configuration. It is the view of many current urban studies programs that urban “systems” must be viewed at a multi scale approach to fully understand and integrate appropriate solutions. These scales are usually broken down into three categories, the local level, the inter-urban scale, and the intra-urban scale. This multi-level approach is meant to approach the modern issues of decentralized and often overlapping levels of government that often have jurisdiction confusion, plus it creates an added understanding of cause and effect between the multiple scales.

Future Cities Laboratory approaches its goal by constantly advancing what it calls the 10 modules. Each module is encompassed in a research assignment and is advanced by a multidisciplinary team. These modules are listed as:

  • Low Energy
  • Architecture and Digital Fabrication
  • Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction
  • Transforming and Mining Urban Stocks
  • Urban Design Strategies and Resources
  • Urban Sociology
  • Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Territorial Organization
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Mobility and Transportation Planning
  • Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Territorial Planning
  • Simulation Platform
  • Housing


Dr. Alexander Erath, A senior researcher on mobility and transportation at the Future Cities Lab wrote a paper on Shenzen’s Urban Mobility Transformation. His paper summarizes how a rapid expansion of market freedom during the privatization of firms in the 70’s created a rapid increase in automotive transportation. The cities increase in automobile use and expansion of its road systems created environment that was unfriendly to pedestrians on foot and bikes, plus a system often plagued by congestion. Shenzen began adopting more pedestrian friendly cities by introducing increased traffic management like congestion pricing, parking control, and curbing car ownership through license plate auctions. The government began expanding and increasing the quality of its bus system and in 2004 began doing the same to its metro. Dr. Erath states that design pioneers in the 80’s “described profound relationships between physical design and people’s behavior in urban contexts. He says that design is an “indispensable dimension” for a more sustainable transport system, and that current successful systems have usually emerged gradually and at a human scale. Dr. Erath stresses that a successful system must not be designed to look impressive from a birds eye view, but that it must be done with the fundamental understanding of “human desires and comprehensive mobility needs of a growing urban population.”


Midterm Transportation Hub Submission

Final Diagram Booklet. Midterm


E2 Spatial Syntax

Kutaisi Airport in Georgia by UNStudio