22 May, 2010

Ordos 20+10_ how to stay relevant?

"Local topography sets up a choreography starting high up on the hill where the existing city fabric can be glimpsed and flows down in series of undulating waves.

Our project is developed to craft this choreography -the various buildings as 'stepping stones' that are distributed in a corrugated field of landscape which in turn links them together."

Holger Kehne


Given the fact that the ground is very loose and in many instances needs to be evened out to suit the masterplan, our proposal is using these processes of artificially generated topography further to produce locally specific landscape ripples where the ground itself becomes a device for the organization of flows.

In this way the ground itself operates a multilayered and intense metabolic system whilst offering continuity to the Mongolian undulating landscape. Finally there is no opposition between landscape and buildings. Neither is subordinating the other- they need each other to coexist.

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14 May, 2010

Prototypical Gennevilliers

Edouard Molinari develops a prototypical urban fabric for Gennevilliers (Hauts de Seine) having as main strategy to tackle the social housing issue, one of the biggest realities the Greater Paris region faces up to date.

Gennevilliers represents also one of the 4 biggest trade harbours in regional Paris, today lacking an overall masterplan responding to urgent demands like carriage, transport and dwellings.

Based on the low density ratios of Gennevillers context, Edouard proliferate a mesh within the residual space and terrains vagues left over after the Industrial Era.

Enhancing its land value, this hexagonal spatial organization acquires depth and thickness proposing new typologies for housing, leisure, public venues and tourism.
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