Gateway to Zero-carbon City consulted on using a generative approach to resolve the contradictory correlation among morphological compactness, building solar optimisation and green space distribution to design a zero-carbon Northern Gateway. The developed generative tool aims to minimise building energy demand and enhance solar energy utilisation to respond to the challenge brought out by Manchester City Council and Northern Gateway developers. This project is completed by a collaboration with Yirui Chen and Linyu Li.


From my perspective, design is about exploration and experimentation, catalysed by a curiosity for the built environment. It is important for an Architect to anticipate future change through possessing a sensitive understanding of the present, including both conceptual interpretation and practical operations. Furthermore, we need to consider the development of contemporary, social and cultural context. This comprehensive understanding of today’s issues will then create new innovative solutions.