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Eco Urban Lab

Eco Urban Lab

The Eco Urban Lab is based on the School of City and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture at the College of Design. It collaborates with Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Why are we unique?

At the Eco Urban Lab, we apply design and analytical skills to understand cities and urban communities in their full orchestration as a system of systems. We study and model energy, water, mobility, and human experiences in urban environments.

We think of the future urban environment as more than arrangements of physical forms. Increasingly, architects, urban designers, engineers, and planners are converging on a view of the city as a complex conglomeration of networks, and reframing the challenges of how best to organize or redesign them.

We aim to incorporate data analytics into urban design for shaping future cities and communities to achieve ecological sustainability, climate resilience, and social inclusiveness.

Perry Yang

Who are we?

The Eco Urban Lab is led by Professor Perry Yang. Members of the lab have contributed to studies on urban climate design, alternative renewable energy systems planning, near-zero urban energy systems, and smart urban districts, among others.

What do we do?

The Eco Urban Lab leads and collaborates in research functions relating to urban systems and in real-world urban design projects.

Our main collaborators within Georgia Tech include researchers and partners from the College of Design and the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems. Eco Urban Lab has been involved in urban farming research in Georgia Tech campus with researchers from Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, participating in planning research for Georgia Tech’s new global campus in Shenzhen, and most recently, coordinating smart city workshops with Digital Engineering group in Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory for envisioning future airport city systems design in Atlanta.

Our global footprints through urban design projects take place in major Asian cities, in collaboration with Tongji University, the University of Tokyo, Keio University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and other prestigious schools in Asia. Many of those cities are facing climate, societal, and urban challenges that require co-design processes to cultivate innovative and creative solutions through methods of smart city systems design. The Eco Urban Lab has been involved in Tokyo’s smart cities projects from 2017 to 2021, supported by the Global Carbon Project (GCP) Tsukuba International Office. The International urban design studios headed by Dr. Perry Yang have been taught under the School of City & Regional Planning and the School of Architecture. The Tokyo Smart City Project is moving to Tokyo’s historic center Nihonbashi from 2022, in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Kei University, supported by Mitsui Fudosan University of Tokyo Laboratory. See below to view lab and studio-based projects.


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