Portfolio Project Detail

The B.I.R.D. Project Joey Zhang, Fangzhou Zhu, and Weilun Chen

The emergent impacts of COVID-19 on urban living mechanism have been dramatic. The pandemic has affected our educational systems, workplaces, and entertainment venues worldwide, leading to subsequential changes in human behaviors. This global cataclysmic event disrupts us from gathering and forces us to accept a reverse process of globalization. During the pandemic, increasing number of people are getting used to the mode of remote working from home or more isolated spaces; online classes have proven the conventional methods of teaching are not necessarily compulsory; and small group gathering could also meet people’s needs of entertainment. We believe these transformations happen in the way we work, learn and play will have long-term impacts to the future development of our built environment. Places such as office towers, traditional schools, cinemas, and theatres are not going to be viable in the future world. These allow us to explore opportunities to introduce architectural interventions at an urban scale to resolve the new models of work, learn and entertain.

Our project aims to introduce biophilic design strategies into the area as the impacts of COVID-19 decreases the density of active population. Meanwhile, we want to address the issues including social distancing and repurpose vacant office/ educational/ entertainment spaces. By combining technologies such as AR and interactive applications on the phone, with the biophilic designs in the city, this project provides a visionary smart city model for the urban development of the City of London district and beyond. As one of the major international cities in the world, we expect this prototypical urban design model can be a pioneer for other cities in the world.