Design Strategies in Hybrid Infrastructure - The Case of China
Authors: Yue Chen, Mingyan Xiao, Huaming Huang
Abstract: As an essential part of urban development, infrastructure construction provides essential material support for both urban construction and public life. However, the rapid industrialization has led to a large number of current single infrastructure construction with low benefits in environmental and social aspects. As a new direction of infrastructure construction, hybrid infrastructure can effectively solve the drawbacks of current infrastructure construction. However, the current research on hybrid infrastructure is mostly focused on the engineering technology of infrastructure, and there is a lack of research on the spatial design of hybrid infrastructure. Therefore, based on the concept of hybrid infrastructure, this study mainly analyzes the case of hybrid infrastructure in China, and combines questionnaire research and literature review to explore the design strategies of hybrid infrastructure composite infrastructure functions and non-infrastructure functions from it. It is concluded that seven design strategies related to composite infrastructure functions and non-infrastructure functions are derived. And the case study of urban infrastructure construction in Guangzhou, China was used to practice the design of hybrid infrastructure, and the site research and questionnaire survey were conducted to design the case study of hybrid infrastructure construction for the target infrastructure. This can confirm that non-infrastructure functions can be achieved by implementing design principles for traffic flow and functional layout while maintaining the functionality of the infrastructure. We can find that all these design strategies aim to achieve the same goal, which is to reshape the public space attributes of the hybrid infrastructure and increase public participation. This also demonstrates the high quality spatial construction of hybrid infrastructure with higher urban benefits. Therefore, in the context of sustainable urban development, we still need to continue to explore the design and application of hybrid infrastructure, and provide some implications for other aspects of sustainable urban design. In this way, we can provide effective experience and assistance to other infrastructures in the city, and effectively contribute to the support of healthier and more sustainable urban development plans under the theme of global environmental protection.
Keywords: Hybrid Infrastructure, Design Strategies, Sustainability
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