Urban Incubators Xiamen

The main challenge of urbanism and its architectural components is to address the role of energy and all related environmental and sustainable issues. This has to be a primary force that shapes all planning and design. Energy is the city's new design force; it's new infrastructure, zoning and organization. It is architecture's new foundations, walls and roofs.

We need to imagine, form and test this new professional shift in the universities. Unit 8 - CHORA is doing so by continuing an ongoing research experiment in China, where cities like Xiamen are trying to reduce carbon emissions on a city wide scale through new policies, model master plans and pilot projects. Master plans form the basis for an ongoing drive to change the profession of the architect and planner into a more active, daring and provocative.

This year's projects were focusing on a complex multi-scalar approach in order to work within this new emerging role of an architect- urbanist. Having to address the problem of the city on a multitude of scales brings about projects that are prototypical in nature. Students had to propose a viable strategy and design idea for Xiamen city that remedies a specific problem connected to carbon emissions. The main tools were the energy prototypes that offer effective ways how to link energy efficiency or energy generation to programmes such as housing, industry, transport or other.


Xiamen Workshop


Bean Throwing




Peri-Urban Aquaponics


Bamboo Components


Tidal Lands


Algal Economies


Urbanization Potential

sensour surf

Heat Island