PJ177: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Title: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Date: 04/07/2022 – 24/07/2022 

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Credit: 2 (32 credit hours)

Course Description

Buildings and infrastructures cost more than 50% non-recycled resources and energy in the lifecycle, having non-recoverable impacts on the Earth. It is of necessity to understand and implement the concept of sustainability. Meanwhile, urban cities are facing the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change effects, e.g., frequent occurrence of extreme weather and disaster. City resilience has become never more urgent nowadays. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the environmental and resource implications of construction activity within the context of sustainable development and city resilience. It considers the theoretical and methodological basis of approaches designed to quantify the impacts associated with choices made at different stages of the construction life cycle, as well as tools designed to evaluate sustainability and resilient performance. By completing a real-life project, students should demonstrate the ability to develop rational ideas and methodologies to fulfil the required performance in a holistic manner with justification.  

Course Component(s)

Mode of Teaching : Synchronous seminars, workshop and project sessions. 

Type : Hybrid teaching including seminars, tutorials and discussion.

Learning Outcomes 

  1. To develop understanding on sustainability and resilience and their relation to urban design. 
  2. To identify the key challenges and factors that have influences on the sustainability and resilience of cities.
  3. To understand the interdependence amongst the key influence factors.
  4. To develop a holistic methodology in achieving an optimal trade-off by considering varieties of constraining factors. 
  5. To familiarise the latest theory and technology in city sustainability and resilience leading to novel research ideas. 

Course-specific Restrictions



Dr. Jian Yang, Deputy Dean (Undergraduates & International) of the School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, Tenured Professor in Civil Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has over 20 years of experience of teaching, research and consultancy at various universities in both U.K. and China. He is a Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers (FICE) and a chartered member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (MIStructE). He serves on several international and national professional committees and sits on the editorial boards for 4 international peer reviewed journals. In his present role, he is leading a team of 30 researchers primarily focusing on the research in the field of sustainable and smart construction and digital innovations. He is the PI of over 30 grants and has published nearly 200 peer reviewed journal papers attracting more than 2000 citations.


  1. Group performance and contribution: 30%;
  2. Poster: 10%;
  3. Group presentation: 40%;
  4. Final report: 20%;


Yang Jian: j.yang.1@sjtu.edu.cn

Yanping Wu: wuyanping@sjtu.edu.cn