In recent years, political and social concerns have risen in China related to green energy utilization and sustainable architecture. Architectural development in China has increased dramatically since the 2000s, and there is an increasing demand for and focus on energy-saving and sustainable architecture. However, there are few commercial complexes in China that apply sustainability standards. This research explores the future development of sustainable commercial complexes as the next step of architectural development in China, green technology evolution, and appropriate solutions for local conditions to provide a suitable sustainable commercial complex in Shanghai, China. The documentary analysis will be performed based on current local conditions and the needs and social concerns related to sustainable commercial complexes. To achieve the goal, it is necessary to ascertain the benefits for society and the environment when building sustainable commercial complexes. This thesis seeks to demonstrate with an appropriate model that acceptable sustainability standards can be met while satisfying local cultural, environment, and social needs. This analysis is developed based in Shanghai, a well known international city in Eastern China, which will further influence sustainable commercial projects in other cities in China and worldwide.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Commercial buildings--Energy conservation--China--Shanghai; Commercial buildings--Environmental aspects--China--Shanghai; Commercial buildings--China--Shanghai--Design and construction; Sustainable architecture--China--Shanghai

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Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Julius J. Chiavaroli

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko


RIT – Main Campus

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