Cressica Brazier is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She researches the intersections among neighborhood design, human behavior, and energy demand in the U.S. and Asia. While studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, she participated in the China Megacities Lab and the Spatial Information Design Lab. She also holds engineering degrees from Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley.
China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanism
Jeffrey Johnson, Cressica Brazier, Tat Lam Superblocks are the basic unit of China's urban development, but they are also spatial instruments with social, cultural, environmental, and economic implications, operating between the scales of architecture and the city. These redefined "Megablocks" then become laboratories for the consequences, opportunities, and potential global proliferation of Chinese urban models, reconsidered through the filters of ecology, economics, and ethics. In The Guide to Megablock Urbanisms, the Columbia GSAPP China Lab aims to document a wider conversation on the policies and collective experiences of large-scale development and advances of China's urban future. With the contributions of Amale Andraos, David Bray, Eric Chang, Yung Ho Chang, Renee Y. Chow, Edward Denison, Duanfang Lu, Joris Fach, John Fitzgerald, Steven Holl, Michiel Hulshof, Jun Jiang, Clover Lee, Zhongjie Lin, Matthew Niederhauser, Xuefei Ren, Daan Roggeveen, André Schmidt, Grahame Shane, Jian Shi, Jiaming Zhu, Jianfei Zhu "The megablock, a self-contained spatial unit, can become an