Main concept of our project is creating a city adjustable to new data and able to maintain life inside and outside water; an amphibious city.
Blue ribbon is the aftermath of this idea; a water perimeter flowing along Suzhou River enclosing complexes of buildings, green spaces, ponds and water veins. It also functions as a transportation route introducing the new water metro transportation system in the center of Shanghai.
Flexibility is the key element of our suggestion. Shanghai, a city that has known population explosion and rapid economic development through the last decades, is in need of an intervention plan adaptable to the new attributes of this mega-city, facing a future of constant changes. As a result, our proposal follows Suzhou Creek as it flows through the city center, leading this region to future while respecting its past. Therefore, the whole project scheme is characterized by flexible forms that can be transformed according to the needs.
Moreover, our goal is to create a healthy system that will function following circular metabolism practices. The buildings suggested resemble trees both in form and function; they are built with a breathing skin that absorbs sun heat and maintains good air quality indoors and outdoors.
A grid is also introduced; on the points of the grid are placed the main columns, the trunks of the trees, while the secondary ones can be considered as branches. Each one of the main columns has a special function; elevator column serves the vertical movement of people, rainwater column collects and leads rainwater to the ponds and the river veins and wastewater column leads wastewater to underground tanks where it is treated and reused. Finally, through the recycling column, organic and inorganic waste is gathered and treated properly.
As the tree-buildings rise up to the sky, the development of extended green spaces is allowed on the ground. Green spaces are designed as parks planted with local trees and flowers; they are combined with the water element constituting oases in the urban fabric. Along with the parks, bigger green spaces offer chances for various outdoor athletic or cultural activities.
Entry for 10+ rethinking Shanghai Competition, March 2012, in colaboration with Antigoni Vrouva, Mavrigiannaki Aggeliki & Marianna Nana