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Tianren Yang

Tianren Yang

Tianren Yang

St John's College

Research Area: Applied Urban Modeling


Biography:

Tianren Yang is a Ph.D. student and Cambridge Trust Scholar at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies in the University of Cambridge. His most recent research focuses on applied urban modeling, especially the recursive spatial equilibrium (RSE) model. The RSE model is to provide a scientific understanding of urban dynamics and its relationship with policy input, to deal with undesired consequences in multi-scale development schemes, and to bridge the gap between top-down urban development strategies and bottom-up urban growth.

His training in architecture (PhD, Cambridge), urban planning (MUP, Tongji), urban design (MS, Georgia Tech), and landscape architecture (BE, Tongji) has granted him with an understanding of city on multiple scales. These combine to make him interested in the application of multi-faceted knowledge to address increasingly complicated city concerns, and further contribute to his dual role as both an academic and practitioner in the planning field.

Tianren's professional career has spanned work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He was a research assistant for the Asian Development Bank, a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, a planner for Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute, and a chairman assistant for the International Green Campus Alliance. He currently serves as a part-time research fellow in the China Intelligent Urbanization Co-Creation Center, and an organizer for the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series.

(Collaborators from different disciplines but with the same interests in urban studies are extremely welcomed.)

Key Publications

Yang, T. and Zhang, X. (2016) Benchmarking the Building Energy Consumption and Solar Energy Trade-offs of Residential Neighborhoods on Chongming Eco-Island, China. Applied Energy, 180, 792-799.

Wu, C., Yang, T., Pei, P., and Chen, H. (2016) Community Perception of Management Goals in Matoushan National Nature Reserve. Planning Malaysia Journal, 14(4), 75-86. 

Quan, J., Shi, Z., Yang, T., Wang, Y., and Yang, P. (2016) Urban Form and Building Energy Performance in Shanghai Neighborhoods. Energy Procedia, 88, 126-132. 

Lim, L., Yang, T., Vialard, A., Feng, C., and Peponis, J. (2015) Urban morphology and syntactic structure: a discussion of the relationship of block size to street integration in some settlements in the Provence. The Journal of Space Syntax, 6(1), 142-169.

Yang, T. and Stiftel, B. (2015) Mapping the Research Domain, Collaboration and Impact of U.S. Planning Schools from 2000 to 2014. the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 55th Annual Conference.

Yang, T. (2014) Towards Sustainable Urban Spatial Structure: Research on Urban System Evolution of Pudong New District. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Environment-Behavior Research, 450-459. 

Yang, T. (2014) Green Campus as a Pilot Site towards Low-carbon City: Enlightenment from Cornell Climate Action Plan. Feng S. et al (eds.), Low-Carbon City and New-type Urbanization, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg pp. 211-223.