ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS- URBAN CRISIS
First of all, we consider the protection of the surrounding landscape as fundamental
priority of THIS project. Looking at the project’s location, the first question which emerges is how to preserve an area at a time of an environment and modern urbanity crisis. Recently we have seen a change in real estate rollout and a move towards more sustainable development. The previous „catch-up” phase of urbanization growth – including greenfield development and mass construction – is now guided by policies that support local economies, service industries, and the re-purposing of sites. Nowadays, the modern city is examined for basic human qualities like humans/social relations, as well as human/nature relations; including light, air, water, and the acoustic environment. We propose to question those relations in order to provide a real improvement for living in cities.
A PEDESTRIAN LINEAR TOWN/CITY MODELED ON A NATURAL LANDSCAPE
We remember how people enjoy life in small towns on Greek islands. Towns with no cars, a 24/7 connection to nature, spaces for contemplation and close relationships between inhabitants. This is why we propose a car-less city composed by a sequence of small localities with scale of linear towns surrounded by nature that we know from various exemples- from Tuscany to California. Our town/city is built above the existing road system and is organized along a bike cum pedestrian communication string. This way, the town/city emerges out of existing road infrastructure and is less invasive as compared to “patches” or urbanisation placed in the landscape.
The ribbon of town/city encompasses and protects a giant natural public park. A COMMUNICATION ARTERY LOCATED UNDER THE TOWN/CITY We propose to use existing road system as communication arteries for public transport, car communication and utilities. All piping, including santitation systems, would follow these arteries. Our pedestrian linear town/city is plugged into this technical level with sewage, water, elevators, stairs, etc.
This way we can leave all necessary yet “dirty” aspects of modernity away from the inhabited space where social and interpersonal relationships will be shaped by the inhabitans, not by their cars.