Climate Crisis

Supply Chain Urbanism

Hack and Flip, or how to turn the world’s largest infrastructure project into a Climate Impact design.

This year we have addressed the urbanization along the global Belt and Road Initiative of China in order to assess the urbanization it triggers. Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the famous Climate Change report published in 2015, has once said that the BRI is the world’s single make or break vehicle for Climate Change mitigation. We have asked the students to first hack into the BRI network, understanding it, analyzing its systems and performance, and flipping it, using its scale and power to design and test urban design projects that develop Climate Impact capabilities through specific themes, value chain developments and building kits production. A range of design techniques such as AI and ML, 3D printing and index mapping have been applied. Each team worked with a cluster of themes derived from the EU EIT KIC family as basic program. KICs are Knowledge Innovation Communities funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and are focussed on theme such as Climate Change, Digitalisation, Raw Materials Health etc. The projects are located in almost all the continents making the overall research a global project.

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Studio: Supply Chain Urbanism
WS 2018