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PhD candidate presents work at an international conference in China

A third year PhD student Mohamed Imam

A third year PhD student Mohamed Imam presented a research paper “Towards Resource Generative Skyscrapers,” a joint work with his supervising architecture professor Branko Kolarevic at an international conference called “Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism” held in October in China.

The event, which took place in three cities (Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong), was a high profile congress of world leading architects, urban designers, researchers, and politicians gathered to explore the real impact – both positive and negative – of density, vertical growth, and concentrated urban infrastructure around the world.

In this innovative research, Mohamed and Branko explored the technologies and strategies to transform skyscrapers into hubs of food, water, and energy production, thus minimizing the need to transport those resources to city centres. Mohamed would eventually like to create a design framework for “resource generative skyscrapers” as a way to resolve resource depletion and overpopulation problems in large urban centres.

The next phase of Mohamed’s research will be a design-based exploration of a hypothetical tower which will include the identified resource generative technologies. He hopes to complete this research and his degree by 2018.