Boqian Li

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Major project:

Gard[en]ergy Hub

A flourishing development or another hinterland? The debate over building a garden city with 15,000 homes facilitated by a ‘proper infrastructure’ in Ebbsfleet is intensifying after George Osborne announced the proposal in 2014. The site of Ebbsfleet International rail station has a tragic position as it marks a gateway into London for passengers travelling from France to the UK as well potentially serving as a connection between the scattered developments which are at the moment dotted around the site.

Most garden cities have devolved into dormitory suburbs, which completely differ from the original idea of creating a self-contained community. By questioning how the role of architecture evolved in the age of energy prosumption, the Gard[en]ergy Hub speculates a new solution, a hybrid transportation hub to explore how infrastructure can become experiential, allowing energy to become critical in driving the new spatial experience with the movement of the ‘third industrial revolution’. The Gard[en]ergy Hub is renovated on the site of Ebbsfleet International station, and sets solar energy harvesting system within an urban context. The solar tracking balloons are designed to optimise the efficiency of energy collection, while adding a further layer of environmental sustainability and social interaction in response to the culture of personal manufacturing between nature and the artificial. The neo-transportation hub as a centre connects to the fragmented surroundings to create an icon for the cities of the twenty-first century.


  • From my point of view, architecture and urbanism are the systems in continuous self-evolvement, where the extrinsic forces (politics, society, economy, culture and physics) and inherent factors (structure and material) both interact at tectonic and parametric levels.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons), The University of Liverpool, 2011
  • Experiences

  • Architectural assistant, Gensler, London, 2014; Architectural assistant, Millier London, London, 2012–13; Visualizer internship, Ink Associates, London, 2012; Trainee, Department of Design at Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Degree Show, The University of Liverpool, London, 2011
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate