The Material Dimension of an Urban Neighborhood Design: A Holarchy Approach

Perry Yang

Georgia Institute of Technology

Perry Yang is an Associate Professor jointly appointed to School of City and Regional Planning and School of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Covestro (Bayer Material Science) Chair Professor at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development. He directs the Eco Urban Lab at Georgia Tech and Tongji University. Perry’s work focuses on promoting the ecological and energy performance of cities through urban design. 

Michael Tobey

Tongji University and Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael Tobey is a research fellow of the Eco Urban Lab at Georgia Tech and Tongji University.


Cities are made of systems of energy, materials, water and informational flows that influence and to certain extent, determine physical form of urban environment. Cities can also be seen as a form of urban metabolism, an... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Perry Yang (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  2. Michael Tobey (Tongji University and Georgia Institute of Technology)
  3. Yihan Wu (Tongji University)

Topic Area

• Sustainable urban systems


WS-18 » Applying Circular Economy Principles to Urban Infrastructure (13:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room I)

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