Sometimes I get the feeling that all the people who used to draw concept art for Star Wars have all quit their jobs and jumped on the green architecture bandwagon. Not that this is a bad thing â€“ when it comes to making the future a reality, I say thereâ€™s no better time than the present.
The new city proposed by the Dutch firm MVRDV is certainly futuristic. Its buildings are giant mounds of varying pointy-ness awash in greenery. The city, large enough to hold some 77,000 people, circumvents the need for any kind of road or rail by bringing everything a person could need â€“ housing, workplace, entertainment, shopping, etc. â€“ within walking distance. The firm explains that the purpose of the rising concentric circles is to provide all inhabitants with a terrace upon which to grow the hedges seen in the picture above. The hedges, in turn, help with the buildingâ€™s ventilation and are fed with water leftover from other uses.
If the Urban Innovation Corporation of Gyeonggi province in South Korea decides that they like the proposal, and that it is feasible, construction could start by 2011.
written by Avi Kaplan, December 08, 2008
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