Teaching sustainable architecture

Yatwan Hui, Urban Beings

Yat was very inspired by the development process of Bo01 in Malmö during her master studies in Sustainable Urban Design at Lund University especially by the vision and leadership of Malmö Stad.

Upon her return to London, she established Urban Beings as an urban design consultancy with design, research and events projects.

The projects build on the human beings experience of living, working and playing in the city and facilitate conversations between built environment professionals and the city dwellers. She is currently working with clients in the public, education and charity sectors with a particular interest in learning from good examples in the UK and Sweden.

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I learnt some important lessons on teaching sustainable construction in a workshop I ran with the students on the master programme in Sustainable Urban Design at Lund University last year.

It was part of my research to review the sustainable design principles of Bo01 on the Western Harbour in Malmö – nine years after its completion:

  • What features worked well?
  • How have the design principles and details changed since?
  • What do the residents enjoy using?
  • Do they use the buildings in the way that it’s been designed?

In parallel to interviews with the built environment professionals involved in Bo01 and a number of residents living there, I facilitated a workshop with the future placemakers – the urban design students.

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