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Jieqiong Wang

Current Student—Ph.D in Architecture

Jieqiong Wang

Specialization: Design Studies
Advisor: Jean Wineman & Robert Fishman

Research interests: Urban design, urban redevelopment, urban form, environmental behavior, public places, quality of urban life.

Research: In her research, Jieqiong interrogates the role of urban design interventions in redeveloping informal settlements under dynamics of large inflows of changing population. She looks into an urbanizing village in the City (ViC) of Shenzhen, China, to examine the two-way interrelationships between spatial outcomes of urban redevelopment and the changing quality of life of different social groups living in ViCs. Drawing on theories of environmental-behavior relations, her research explores 1) the ways different social actors (the local government, planners, developers, designers, indigenous villagers, and tenants) influence the spatial outcome by intervening in the process of urban redevelopment, and 2) the consequences of the spatial changes made through different redevelopment approaches in terms of impacting the well-being of each subgroup of dwellers. Starting from case studies, Jieqiong expects to expand the understanding the role of urban design practices in redeveloping urban environments for inclusion.

Selected Awards:

  • Fall 2017 - the Rackham International Student Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
  • Summer 2017 - Rackham Summer Awards, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
  • Summer 2016 - Doctoral Studies in Architecture Summer Research Grant Competition, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Publications & Presentations:

  • “From Division to Fusion: A Transforming Model of Chinese Urban-Rural Inhabitation.” Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2016.
  • “Creating A Sustainable Living Environment in Villages-in-the-City in China: An Urban Design Perspective.” Proceedings of the 48rd Annual Environmental Design Research Association Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, May 2017.