MVRDV Proposes Artificial Mountains as Green Cities of the Future

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Dutch architecture firm MVRDV presents an interesting concept for a high density self-sufficient city of the future in China, at the Beijing Centre for the Arts and shown in Designboom. The architects call it "a scale model of a future Chinese city which offers alternatives to the current urbanization in China. The plan offers space to accommodate up to 100,000 inhabitants and a well balanced mix of urban program and nature, agriculture and energy production; all in the shape of a Chinese mountain landscape: realizable with todays technologies."

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As the urban population grows, the needed program will require more space than suitable land is available. In the exhibition MVRDV visualizes the possibilities this offers. The city on a site of 1x1x0.5 km is terraced to offer sufficient space naturally lit for the needed plantation and energy production. This leads to attractive livable areas in high-rises. Stepped terraced towers with a rich variety of characters appear. The interiors of these hills are destined for retail, industry, leisure and technology.

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By inserting these new hills in and around the current cities, a sincere Chinese mountain range appears. Blending individuality with collective responsibilities, connecting architecture with urbanism and turning urbanism into landscape architecture.

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More at MVRDV and Designboom

More MVRDV in TreeHugger:
The Liuzhou Housing Project: Green?
Stair of the Week: MDRDV, Didden Village

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