Selected Work
creative systems thinking as it relates to architecture, urban design, and technologies

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Conceptual and architecture drawings; facade research and iterations; spatial configurations; neighborhood data collection and analysis, publication; rowhouse/townhouse/terraced house typological studies; communications, layout and graphic design; photography, video and curation


>> McGill University
>> Canadian Architect

>> CCA

Solar Decathlon China 2018:

Net-positive Housing, Transdisciplinary Competition

©Team MTL

The International Solar Decathlon China 2018 took place place in Dezhou, China. More than 20 university teams will compete under the mandate to design and construct a fully functional and permanent passive house. The deep-performance dwelling is a unique synthesis of two housing typologies: Montreal’s urban rowhouse typology and China’s traditional Siheyuan courtyard house. The results offer a dense residential prototype dealing with emergent and contemporary concerns in sustainability, affordability, and social adaptability.

The deep-performance dwelling is an innovative exemplar that represents a possible future of affordable urban housing. It includes different layers of private/shared public spaces intented to answer pressing gobal challenges of urban density, affordable housing, and environmental and cultural sustainability.

©Team MTL

©Team MTL

The design considers the ongoing transformation in the social dynamics and variability of the contemporary family unit as a primary driver for innovation toward urban sustainability. The need for flexibility and adaptability over time for diverse living configurations is an inspiration for the articulation of the deep-performance dwelling. This hybrid programmatic intention, intertwined with high-performance building aspirations, is the heart of the the design philosophy.

© Jennifer Jiang 2023