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Year One - 1998

  • Successful formation of partnerships with Chinese researchers, architects and developers and groundwork for remote collaboration amongst participants
  • Selection target sites for demonstration of new technologies
  • Evaluation of building density and size
  • Design Workshop investigating Prototypical Solutions for housing in low-rise and High-rise conditions

Year Two - 1999

Year Three - 2000

Projects were submitted to colleagues in China for design development and construction document phases. MIT will take an active role in design evaluation during these development stages. In May, MIT participated in Tsinghua University's conference on Sustainable Housing. MIT sent faculty to present final conceptual designs of Shanghai and Shenzhen. In addition, MIT and Tsinghua University visited the site of Hui Long Gong in Beijing, and met with developers of Tian Hong and officials such as the Vice-Mayor to discuss the new project. In July, faculty members traveled to Shenzhen to present the final schematic design for Shenzhen Wonderland Phase IV.

We began documenting all work of the project by creating a website, brochure, and book showing both the results of and detailed description of the collaboration with China. We will continue the technical development of promising new strategies for sustainable building design in China.

Year Four 2001

  • Construction
  • Preliminary Evaluation
  • Development of final design - Beijing June 2001

We will hold local workshops/seminars in China, in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. These workshops will include the active participation of MIT, Tsinghua and Tongji Universities. Included will be a training session for the Shenzhen research team, as well as local developers and architects. The purpose is to explain technologies and experiences used in developing the projects in China, in addition to guidelines for design of sustainable housing. Chinese researchers will interact with both professors and students involved with the project. The notion behind this is to transfer knowledge on the design and technical analyses and the interactive design procedure. In September, to compare the predictions of the group, collaboration with Chinese researchers will test and analyze the performance of the Shenzhen Project.

After building construction, MIT will assess building performance with respect to predictions established by the technical analyses. We will send one student and equipment to Shenzhen to train Vanke researchers how to perform interviews, set up equipment, conduct measurements, and download and transfer data to MIT. The final results will be compiled into a final analysis report.

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