Urban China Research

Urban China Research

Urban China Research

                              Research Project commissioned by Urban China Magazine

OCEAN CN: Tom Verebes, Gao Yan, Felix Robbins (Scripting)

Role: Tom Verebes (Design, Data mining, presentation coordination)



  • DigitalFUTURE Exhibition, Tongji University CAUP (July 2011)
  • Parametric Prototypes Exhibition, Xi’an XUAUT (October-November, 2009)
  • Hong Kong Pavilion, 12th Venice Biennale, Venice (August-November, 2010)



  • Verebes, T. (2013). Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
  • Verebes, T. (2012). “Computing the City of Tomorrow”. DigitalFUTURE: Scripting the Future. (Leach, N., Yuan, P. F., Eds.). Shanghai: Tongji University Press. pp. 43-49.
  • Verebes, T., Liu, Y., Xu, F., Eds. (2012). New Computational Paradigms in Architecture. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

This research project was commissioned for the January 2009 issue of Urban China focuses on the unprecedented rate and extent of urbanization in China, addressing issues associated to the obsolescence of cities and buildings. Far from a celebration of impermance and ephemerality, we will deal with questions of environmental, economic, cultural and social endurance within the context of rapid urban transformation in China. This project investigates alternatives to the typologies of high rise towers, perimeter block mass, and suburban sprawl, as the default architectural and urban typologies deployed in China’s urban densification and expansion, and the dominant models of its urban growth.



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May 12, 2014