Buildings: do not break or make, but repurpose

I am exploring how buildings adapt to demographic changes, with the aim to develop scenarios to project future needs for building.

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Jiajia Li’s research focuses on buildings, which are an important part of our daily lives. Photo: Maren Agdestein/NTNU

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Jiajia Li PhD Candidate

People’s demands for buildings are changing with demographic changes. It’s vital to identify which types of buildings are decreasing in demand and which are seeing an increase. This information can guide local governments in shaping development plans.

Repurposing to make sustainable cities and communities

My research focuses on repurposing buildings rather than constructing and demolishing them. This approach could reduce material use, energy consumption, and carbon emissions associated with construction and demolition activities. Such efforts align with Sustainable Development Goal 11, sustainable cities and communities.

Understanding the demand of population groups

Understanding the demands of different population groups for buildings is the starting point of my research. Based on this, I will develop scenarios to project future needs for various building types, considering demographic changes.

Following that analysis, I’ll explore how to repurpose buildings that are less in demand into types that are more in demand.

Jiajia Li on NTNU campus Gløshaugen. Photo: Maren Agdestein/NTNU

About Jiajia Li

Jiajia Li is a PhD Candidate at NTNU – Department of Energy and Process Engineering and the Industrial Ecology Programme. Her PhD is a part of the project BALANCE, a collaboration between NTNU, the University of Agder, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Li’s main supervisor is Professor Daniel Beat Müller at NTNU – Department of Energy and Process Engineering. Her co-supervisor is Lizhen Huang, Professor at NTNU – Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering.