renee y. chow

Renee Y. Chow is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of California Berkeley and a founding principal at the Berkeley-based architecture and urban design practice STUDIO URBIS. Chow has been honored by Architecture Magazine as one of its “Ten Top Architectural Educators” and by the AIA California Council with its Research and Technology Honor Award. She previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also received her SBAD and M.Arch.


“With exquisite illustrations and accessible prose, Renee Chow has elucidated in this book the dilemma facing not only the contemporary Chinese metropolis but those of our growing cities worldwide. Neither nostalgic nor superficial, this book employs measured drawings, diagrams and other deeply analytical tools to show us the field conditions that once made historic Chinese cities vibrant and could make the contemporary Chinese city more livable in the face of unbridled growth. For designers, urbanists and those concerned with the physical and ecological viability of cities worldwide, this is a must read volume.”

—Vishaan Chakrabarti Partner, SHoP Architects; Professor, Columbia University

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What is field urbanism?

Field urbanism describes the ways in which relations, built and urban, can bind and form the experiences of a city. The word “field” refers to shared relations — the ways in which parts act upon each other, connect. and propagate. “Urbanism” is of course about the daily life of people in cities.

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