Reimagining alternative ways of urban living, keeping cost-efficiency, identity and and circulation in mind.



Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alan Cheng is a third-year architecture student with a profound passion in urban placemaking using geometric forms. His projects remain sensitive and practical within the site context, yet he has strived to suggest creative solutions and is eager to learn and contribute to the local community. 

Alan Cheng, BArch Architecture




Z-Town Milton Keynes

Unit 5A has been reimagining alternative ways of urban living inspired by Milton Keynes’ unrealised GreenTown movement, not only paying homage to the city’s zero-carbon strategies, but also its desire to solidify the New Town narrative in the UK. To combat placelessness, car-dependency, and the ever-growing costs of living, Z-Town strives to revolutionise urban dwellings for future generations.

Z-Town has three aims. Cost-efficiency – utilising prefabricated housing units for ease of expansion or demolition; identity – celebrating the historic qualities of the listed monuments nearby such as Central Milton Keynes Library and Secklow Mound; and circulation – providing vertical hierarchy for both public and private realms.

Furthermore, post-war Metabolism has become a key inspiration for this project, taking architectural elements from Habitat 67 and the Cube House to form a fascinating and adaptive community of young individuals who are willing to upkeep GreenTown’s legacy. 

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