Dong NanNan – Tongji University (Shanghai)


What does Integrated Design mean from your perspective?

Our needs for many things in the spaces around us are not just about physical demands, but also the culture and even the personalized needs. Integrated design is the only way that could solve complex contradictions, complicated systems and individual requirements. So from my opinion, the integrated design should be featured with several main traits.

Dong Nannan is an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of CAUP of Tongji University Shanghai, and Vice Director of the Center of Built Environment Technology. He holds a Dr.-Ing. degree from Germany in Urban and Landscape Planning and is active in research and practice on interdisciplinary planning since 1998. Prof. Dong’s current focus is on the development of child-friendly environments and vertical greening technologies in high dense cities. Throughout his professional career, he developed several approaches towards integrated design and has pioneered innovative and sustainable solutions for livable cities in China.

During the GENIUS Integrated Design Workshop, we asked our experts on their perspectives of integrated design and their experiences of sustainable design for schools.

The network GENIUS promotes the creation of sustainable buildings, such as smart school buildings, in China. It offers Chinese building owners, decision-makers and public administration representatives support to upgrade the architectural and engineering design of buildings by introducing cutting-edge sustainable project management approaches from Europe. The GENIUS project is part of the BMBF campaign “Building the City of Tomorrow” and is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).


This Video is presented to you by the “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China“ (CCSBC).

Our approach is to contribute to the acceptance and implementation of energy efficient and sustainable construction in China. To reach this goal, a practice-oriented competence centre for sustainable building will impart knowledge about sustainable building standards and answer demands from building owners, planners, manufacturers of building materials, local authorities and political decision-makers.

CCSBC is one of the projects under develoPPP program, which was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The project has the objective to establish a “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China” within the public-private partnership (PPP) framework for energy-efficient and sustainable building between GIZ and the consulting firms LUWOGE (represented in China by SoftGrid) and energydesign. The goal is to advance planning and construction practices in China to achieve more sustainable and liveable working and living spaces.