Asian Urbanism Lab Shanghai (China)

Course Code: 

Shanghai, China

Course Dates:

6 January - 18 January 2020


BEIL elective for Masters in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning


Expression of interest

Course contact:

Raffaele Pernice -

Asian Urbanism Lab: Shanghai (China)

This interdisciplinary design workshop is open to architecture, landscape, interior, computational and urban design students, and will focus on the re-development of the built environment in a site along the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, in terms of planning, design and integration of the various architectural elements to the urban context.

The studio will also investigate the genesis of the built forms and the transformative city planning and urban design processes of Shanghai as a good example of vertical urbanization and integration with efficient and extensive urban infrastructures. In doing so the workshop will guide the students in exploring and imagining effective approaches and ad-hoc urban and architectural design strategies for the future design, development or adaptive reuse of high-density architectural typologies for cities in East Asia and Australia.

With the support of staff and students from Tongji University - CAUP and the University of Hong Kong, all the students participating the workshop will propose, develop and present innovative concepts and practical ideas leading to green, sustainable and eco-friendly architectural solutions and built forms, and conducive to effective urban planning visions and design strategies in order to cope with the specific problems existing in the local built environment and deliver healthy and liveable spaces, as well as high-quality urban places in high dense areas.

Key Information


The workshop is structured as a 2-week intensive series of lectures, seminars, fieldworks and charrette. While the main site is located in Shanghai there will be visits to relevant projects in Suzhou and other new towns near Shanghai (e.g. Anting, Thames Town).

Eligibility criteria

BEIL elective for Masters in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning. For architecture students, the course will count as a ‘prescribed elective’.


$1,000 scholarships to support travel are available for all students on this course.

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Enrolment via expression of interest.

Note: Expression of interest does not represent confirmation of enrolment. Do not book travel arrangements until your place in the course has been confirmed.