Vertical Cities Asia

International Design Competition and Symposium Volume 1

Edited by Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui, Cheah Kok Ming, Cho Im Sik, and Ng Waikeen

Vertical Cities Asia

Edited by Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui, Cheah Kok Ming, Cho Im Sik, and Ng Waikeen

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

228 pages | 5 3/4 x 11 | © 2012
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9789810714192 Published January 2012 For sale in North and South America and China only
Asia is undergoing a dramatic and rapid urbanization. Across the continent, there is unrelenting, large-scale migration from the countryside to the cities. Asian cities are getting denser and growing taller at a scale and intensity without historical precedent, and existing urban architectural and planning models struggle to accommodate the increased population. To continue recycling these models in the face of this challenge will lead to devastating effects on land, infrastructure, and the environment.



The Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium was created to encourage design explorations and research into the prospects of new architectural and planning models for the increasingly vertical, dense and intense urban environments of Asia.



The theme of the inaugural edition of the programme is "Everyone Needs Fresh Air", which is of particular relevance for the congested post-SARS cities of Asia where urban sprawl, traffic and environmental pollution threaten the prospects of biodiversity, greenry, liveability and general well-being of the inhabitants.



This publication brings together the spectrum of innovative design and theoretical approaches proposed by the participating universities: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Tongji University, Tokyo University, Tsinghua University, TU Delft, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.
Contents
Symposium Papers
In Search of the Best City Measures: Ten Propositions
Design Approach for High-Rise  and High-Density Living in Tropical Asian Cities
Gridding Manhattan
The Vertical Reconstruction of Living Space
Multitasking Spatial Infrastructures: Slender Urbanism and Mobility Models
Lessons from High-Intensity, Mixed-Use Urbanism in Singapore’s CBD
ONE City
Key Issues in the Design Approach of Megastructures
Urban Breeding Grounds in Chinese Greenfields
A Conversation on Architecture South of the Border
The Edge of Vertical
Muddy Skies in Construction: Paper and Projects by Mark Anderson and Peter Anderson
 
Introduction
Design Competition
 
Design Competition
Symbiocity
The Wall
Boundless City
Village City
Compact Paragenetic Ecology
Agropolis
AgroCity
Osmosis
Democratic City
VertiCO Urbanism
Bamboo Commune
MODO City
Park City
Hover
Delicate Canyon: Interdependent Urbanism
Dragon’s Nest: Above the Valle Fog
 
Appendix
Even
Participants
Image Credits
 
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