London-based Orproject proposes Bubbles project to construct an enclosed park within the city that houses a botanical garden and provides fresh air to residents.
Beijing’s record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions – and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic Bubbles filled with fresh air. The inflatable spaces would contain parksand botanical gardens that provide fresh air to residents sick of choking on the city’s ever-present smog.
The Sinosteel International Plaza in Tianjin, China, by MAD Architects is an organic, honeycomb icon for the redeveloped city. The Chinese government has named Tianjin, a port city close to Beijing, as the next step in its economic plan. The idea is to create the new economic hub of Northern China, and it is a five year plan. Sino Steel, China’s state owned steel giant, commissioned MAD to create a landmark for this new central business district. Two towers were required: an office tower – 358 meters and a smaller hotel of 88 meters.
The design concept of the towers is a successful combination of geometry, structure and cultural symbolism. The façade is designed in a repetitive motif – its hexagonal pattern is multiplied and repeated across the envelope. It’s made of five different standardized units of hexagonal windows, signifying the heritage value in traditional Chinese architecture. The façade changes as the windows move across the building in an evolving pattern. Therefore the façade is constantly changing and that creates dynamic image of the building – different from each perspective. Moreover, the façade is structural element, an exterior skeleton, removing necessity for internal columns except in the building’s core and enabling more flexible layout and use of the interior.
Aim of the architects was to design the landmark building deeply rooted in ancient Chinese architecture – a sensitive and subtle iconic high-rise. They strongly believe their proposal will help establishing softer urban landscape and urban condition, losing the sharp, hostile edge of the concrete, modern cities we live in.
With arts and culture at the core of Taichung, Taiwan’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, RMJM’s design proposal seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a construct emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and vision.
We live in an archival era characterized by an impulse to collect, where all our experiences are supported by technological additions and digital information monitoring. A cultural center is a place of learning and a repository of information, in essence, a large archive. This accumulation of information can be thought of as a sort of “digital cloud,” an invisible archive of sorts.
Malaysian-born Architect Says Future Is "Smart Cities"BernamaMELBOURNE, Sept 10 (Bernama) -- The city of the future will not just be somewhere to live, work and play - it will be where the urban and the rural overlap to form a "smart city" that...
Laboratoire d’Urbanisme Agricole (LUA) is a non-profit-making organisation, whose goal is to create and develop an inter-disciplinary platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills in the urban agriculture field, with the task of:
- Contributing to the capitalisation and sharing of knowledge on urban farms and agriculture; - Treating architecture as a framework for federative experimentation in the development of agriculture in the urban environment; - Developing relations between professionals in the construction, urban planning, eco-technology and environmental and biological fields to develop synergies; - Formalising the existence of a “Vertical Farm and Urban Agriculture” standard of excellence by bringing together the actors involved; - Developing research, innovation and experimentation; - Promoting urban agriculture and vertical farms on a local, national and international level.
Everyone knows that old nature is being more and more radically cultivated. However, the question is whether the opposite is also possible. I think it is. In contrast to optimistic progress, thinkers who believe human beings’ control of nature will steadily increase until we are ultimately able to live without it, I believe that the idea that we can completely dominate nature is an illusion. Nature is changing along with us. (..)
If you understand that the technologies you create will ultimately grow beyond your control, then you set about designing them in new ways – rejecting the modernist idea that we can understand something and create a blueprint to master it.
Instead it’s time to take a hint from old nature and teach our buildings and products how to grow, adapt, and repair themselves. Using the principle of guided growth, fruits manufacture their own packaging, and chairs are designed to mimic bones. Even our buildings may eventually have the same urge to eat and breathe as the residents inside.
Co.DesignA Living Sculpture That Mimics Your Body Movements In LightCo.DesignOn a cool evening last week, Berliners gathered in MADE's Alexanderplatz headquarters to watch the premiere of their latest commission, a “living sculpture” called Future Self
The 30 square kilometre Tianjin Eco-City is to serve as a model for future developing Chinese cities. As China rapidly modernises, there is need to create a sustainable city model as increasing rural-urban migration places pressures and demands on overtaxed and crowded existing cities.
A conscious effort was made not to create a generic city devoid of humanising features or cognitive characteristics, one that is replicated ad infinitum in cities of rapidly developing economies. With the aim of creating a sense of place, the urban design of the scheme is driven by a set of coordinated solutions with theme...
What are the most challenging aspects of your work as a futurist at the moment?
One of the critical questions we are asking ourselves at the moment is what do we do as architects in a near future where the dominant building material exists outside the physical spectrum. The infrastructure that drove the development of the city was once large permanent networks of roads, plumbing and park spaces but are now nomadic digital networks, orbiting GPS satellites and cloud computing connections. Cities are being planned around the speed of electrons, satellite sight lines and big data. Connection to wifi is more critical than connection to light. The city must be planned around the mobile phone not the automobile. Today we are much closer to our virtual community than we are to our real neighbours. This death of distance has created new forms of city based around ephemeral digital connections rather than physical geography.
These changes mean we must rethink the very core of what our profession is. It is true that there will still be physical objects and spaces that some sort of architect like character will have to engage with but this window of operation is becoming increasing narrow. To continue to define our work within this part of the spectrum will just lead to us becoming more and more marginalized and irrelevant. We think reimagining the architect as futurist and strategist is part of a necessary process of adaptation.
Dense urban centers tend to be disconnected from the farms that feed them. Vincent Callebaut could change that with "Flavors Orchard," a futuristic city district designed for Kunming, China that consists of 45 energy positive villas set on a huge community orchard and food garden. The project boasts state-of-the-art sustainable technologies like automatic temperature regulation synced with the sun’s path, wind power, and a smart energy grid, and it offers residents plenty of fresh air, green space, and delicious produce.
in case you haven't noticed, bees are having a rough year. Make that decade. Thanks to rampant pesticide use on commercial crops, bees are dying by the hundreds of thousands, and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Well, certainly not the EPA or USDA (two agencies that should be mortified by recent bee deaths), but there are some doing what they can to help local bee populations survive. A recent resurgence in backyard beekeeping is helping, in a small way, to protect and preserve local hives so that there are still pollinators around to help gardens and flowerbeds look their best. If you've ever been interested in backyard beekeeping, here are six beautiful hive designs for you to consider.
The Phobia Skyscraper is a new form of modular suburban residential development for Paris, France. It is located over the “Petite Ceinture”, a former industrial site with excellent views of the city and an extensive transportation network.
Two main ground slabs and an empty tower structure, constructed of recycled industrial materials, hold prefabricated units that are stacked to utilize the same plumbing system but are rotated to open to outdoor spaces. The units are grouped around outdoor common green spaces.
These common areas, or “nuclei centers,” are equipped with displays that provide real-time feedback for residents on societal issues within the community, occupancy rates of the structure, and messages. It also contains water-collection equipment and solar power panels.
Despite its solid skeleton, the Phobia Skyscraper and its modular units are designed to evolve as does society itself. Its materials are the byproducts of abandonment and recycling; the building itself could be abandoned and once again revitalized, depending on the desires and needs of its residents.
The Oil Silo Home, designed by pinkcloud.dk in Berlin, recycles oil silos by transforming them into affordable houses! An oil silo is a storage container for compressed liquefied petroleum gas. There are approximately 49,000 oil silos in over 660 oil refineries worldwide! As the human population increases at an exponential rate, oil discovery decreases at an exponential rate. Soon all existing oil silos will be abandoned as fuel storage containers. The Oil Silo Home is a 100% self-supporting housing solution for the post-oil world. It’s highly structurally stable, waterproof, efficient to assemble and disassemble, and has the capacity for prefabrication and mass production. Waste and embodied energy are dramatically reduced by the Oil Silo Home. The silo’s spherical shape optimizes surface area for collecting solar energy. As a carbon-positive design, the Oil Silo Home can actually contribute energy back into the grid.
gmp Architekten broke ground this week on a new eco-park for living and working in Qingdao, China that will largely be powered by renewable energy.
The new urban quarter will be about 10 sq. km in size – roughly the same as the Berlin Mitte district. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the park’s buildings will mirror the rock formations and green plains. Extending from the mountain ridge in the south and to the bay in the northeast, the site will feature 8 rock-like blocks with soft contours and flowing nature corridors. Short distances between the blocks, along with mixed uses and higher density, support walkability and energy conservation.
Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building has announced plans to build the world's tallest building...in just 90 days. When finished, it will be 220 stories high, 10 meters taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
This may sound impossible, but BSB has been constructing buildings quickly by making parts ahead of time and then just putting them together on site. Prefab skyscrapers. In the past two years, the company has built a 15-story building in 6 days and a 30-story hotel in just 15 days.
Last week we hosted another #citytalk tweetchat with the New Cities Foundation on the topic of Future Cities. With the world urbanising, current cities are growing and many new cities are being built. But will the future of the world be led by megacities? Our dicussion looked at the future of current urban areas, how we are developing new cities, and how this might affect urban citizens.
For some early twentieth century commentators, the twenty-first century was going to be about electronic mediation of space. For others it was about speed and vectors of movement. But fundamentally people often believed that the same urban paradigms would be in play, particularly leaden, inert buildings that life flows around – in effect built obstacles to everyday life.
In this post I want to invoke poetry, alchemy and surrealism to explore how we can capture what makes a city through the senses, rather than empirical measurement. I’ll argue that bio(techno)logy is the new cyberspace, a cultural and ecological connector within and between cities. And I’ll suggest that our future cities need to embrace peculiarities as well as generalities of practice, because just as people are not homogenous so our cities should not be homogenous.
It has been some time since we “logged on” to the internet. Most of us have ditched dial-up ages ago. I still have fond memories of the sounds my modem would make. The dial tone, the numbers being dialed, and the funny connection static. That last noise signaling the handshake was complete and I could now surf the web. Today, we turn on our computers and they are already connected. Our wi-fi enabled devices have already stored our connection settings and connect to any network in memory automatically. While wi-fi and cell phones have enabled us to bring the internet with us, the future of the internet will spill out of our homes even more. It will free itself from our devices and become available to us wherever we are. It will be embedded in our appliances, our buildings, our clothing, and even our trash.
One begins to imagine Koolhaas's description of the Generic City, “a city of 15 million inhabitants, in or near the tropics, with high-rise apartments, low rise slums and post modern architecture by unknown 100-strong practices.
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