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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: General 7: Sustainable Design

Urban Space Structures, from Vision to Realization

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: General 7: Sustainable Design
  • Title: Urban Space Structures, from Vision to Realization
  • Author(s): Michael BALZ, Theresa NETTEKOVEN
  • Keywords: Increasing population, dense dwelling agglomeration, smog climates, natural topsoil, green nature, town ventilation, traffic concept, town quarters, urban space mega-structures, module systems
Abstract
The world population has been growing continuously over the past millennia. The rise of megacities gives rise to major densification. Is vertical density the only solution which is able to meet this pressing challenge of urban growth? Is high-rise typology with densely built-up clusters of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers the only reasonable way to organize urban space in the future? Since the 1960s various architects have developed visions of urban space patterns for mega-agglomerations: Walter Jonas, Yona Friedman with Paris Spatiale, Peter Cook with Archigram, Frei Otto with Hanging Space Structures, Arata Isozaki with the Metabolists. In 1970 Beck-Erlang, Lünz, Pieckert and Balz presented visions for suspended urban space structures in Cannes. Now it is time to see how these visions can become reality.

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