Digitally aided design and construction are key areas in which the Chinese building industry has potential for development and a need for innovation. These areas have only recently found significant recognition amongst Chinese universities.
Strengths of the Department of Architecture's academic staff, the recent establishment of XJTLU's Research Institute on Industrial Design and 3D Printing, and emerging relationships with related local industry offer our Department an opportunity to assume a position of leadership in this field.
As key research areas, computational design and fabrication in China allow for collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering (for example on materials research in conjunction with the new Research Institute of Sustainable Materials and Environment), with the Department of Industrial Design (for example on the development of joint facilities in conjunction with the new Research Institute on Industrial Design and 3D Printing), as well as with other departments across XJTLU and other universities.
Fields of interest and expertise pertaining to the area include:
- revisiting established architectural concepts (such as place, and place-making) from a digital perspective
- reconsidering dominant standard processes of professional practice, taking into account the multitude of design process models
- investigating under-explored design possibilities offered within the constraints of Chinese building and construction codes
- developing high-tech design strategies that relate to low-tech production processes, such as those performed by unskilled labour