Participatory Tool Based on System Design: Building the Regional Identity of Sustainable Buildings


How to construct sustainability in architecture is widely discussed. One of the keys is to construct the cultural sustainable identity of urban areas. We face the problem of losing urban characteristics, which is reflected both in the convergence of urban geography and in the unsustainable of culture. This study follows the exploration of Jones & VanPatter’s (2009) and Pereno & Barbero’s (2020) value of design in complex systems, aims to explore the prototype of a participatory tool to help facilitate the professional teaching process. This paper analyzes the famous regional buildings in China, summarizes the corresponding architectural image characteristics, to take the reconstruction of Hougou ancient village in Shanxi Province as an example for participatory tool pilot research. Urban elements are proposed in a modular way, and we help participants to understand the contribution of sustainability under the regional identity of urban characteristics. With a focus on designing educational tools and approaches, we explore new ways to engage stakeholders in the classroom, in response to sustainable urban needs in the future.


Yuan Liu
Assistant Professor, Design, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design


Sustainability, Urban characteristics, Participatory tool

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