As the built environment grapples with the consequences of climate change, the architecture industry is looking for innovative ways to inject sustainable solutions and ensure that cities are liveable in the future.
Take for example China’s, Chengdu Future Science and Technology City. Touted as a sustainable blueprint for the future, the city, in China's Sichuan province, is design studio OMA’s response to a carbon-neutral environment.
CAR FREE CITY
The 4.6 sq. KM city will be car free, contain six clusters modelled after traditional village settlements while incorporating space dedicated to education and innovation.
While each cluster within the city will be car free with all buildings being accessible by foot, a smart mobility network will also connect residents to the surrounding city through automated vehicles.
OMA Partner Chris van Duijn said: “With this project, we hope to provide an alternative to the typical masterplan, which is based on the traditional car-oriented road network. We intend to create a design rooted in the geography of the site. We hope that connection between architecture and landscape will result in a dynamic environment for education that will inspire innovative ideas.”
EDUCATION AND INNOVATION PARK
OMA together with GMP will develop the first phase of the overall masterplan, which will include an International Educational Park in the west, and a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the southeast.
The International Education Park will feature landscaped terraces and become an extension of the natural landform of the site. The centre of the campus will be formed by a valley, and include a landmark complex building. The 80,000-square-metre building will form the heart of the education life and include a university library, student centre, auditoriums, laboratories, and offices.
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