The V+ is an urban design proposal that attempts to tackle the issues of future urbanism in Medini - Iskandar, Malaysia. Located in an upcoming new urban district it faces the challenges of fast growing, highly densified cites in Asia.
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V+ // Village Plus
V+ // Village Plus
Design Studio Leaders: Liss C. Werner + Dietmar Koering
Studio members: Mirka Bergk, Tim Weikert, Luise Entrich, Niklas Grube
The V+ is an urban design proposal that attempts to tackle the issues of future urbanism in Medini - Iskandar, Malaysia. Located in an upcoming new urban district it faces the challenges of fast growing, highly densified cites in Asia. The results of these urban properties on which the proposal focusses are withdrawing rural areas on an urban and global scale and air conditioning in tropical regions, which largely contributes to global energy consumption. Since the world population rises further and further, more people have to be fed, while climate change toughens farming conditions globally. With the growing world population, space is becoming precious and farming areas need to provide for more people on less space under rougher climate conditions.
Therefore the V+ tower implements a vertical farming core situated in the natural light deprived center of the structure, which is powered by tropical rain, provides food on short farm-to-costumer-distance basis and also powers the air conditioning, making use of the cooling properties of water- without any extra energy input.
By these means V+ provides high quality standards on low energy basis in a city that can provide for itself and must no longer be provided for by the rest of the world.
Design Studio Leaders: Liss C. Werner
Studio members: Ezgi Nalci, Julia Weber, Alparasian Ucar, Jingwei Tan
FUTURE - The city of old is defined as horizontal, but with growing populations and cities getting denser, the buildings are expanding. As in the woods, where the trees grow upwards, approaching the sun, when the space is getting too small, the buildings in the future city are also rising up. We are facing a new vertical urbanism. All the parts of the city start to follow this drift upwards, even unusual elements of the city, like water and agriculture.
ORGANISATION - A city is shaped by functional bubbles, addressing the different needs of humanity, like recreation, living or production. A new, vertical building in the future has to cover a lot of these functional bubbles. These are for example: agricultural use (farms, gardens, markets), water connected use (port, filter, pool), IT connected use (server roomes, experimental spaces) and other usages (living, education, production, recreation).
From this fact we derived parts of our design, the form of the bubble is translated into a futuristic form of Modular design. We follow the idea of air inflated bubbles, piling up and creating a large connected structure, creating space within and around them. The functions move closer together and connect. IT plays an important role in connecting the future city, building the backbone of the building, the nervous system, the core.
The lower levels correspond with the surrounding environment, turning the attention particularly on the technologies of agriculture, IT and water.
ALGORITHM - Future growth has to be controlled. IT is the tool to direct the technologies and functions through the building to form it, control its growth and build the living environment. An algorithm was developed to shape a structure that can react to environmental influences and changes in technology. The Cellular Automata Algorithm uses small boxes, piles them up and connects them.
MODULATED - The building will grow steadily and always adapt to the people’s needs. Changes in future demand changes within the algorithm. Following this idea the building is potentially not depending on a certain location and its concept could be modulated to suit different environmental conditions, as we find them, for example, in Malaysia.
Design Studio Leaders: Liss C. Werner + Dietmar Koering
Studio members: Stawomir Klyszcz
The project researches digital (pre)-fabrication and the ‘Internet of Things’ as a spatial condition for the sustainable future city. A combination of climatic development, rapid population growth and increasing digitisation requires a re-thinking towards novel processes in the construction industry - implementing robotics, sensors, invisible machine learning. This development in conjunction with climate change offers novel design strategies for the realisation of human habitats, urban ecologies and living-spaces. The studio operates on two complementing levels: firstly, within the challenges and opportunities of Berlin as a fast growing city and its role as global incubator and secondly, projecting into the strategically important evolution of Medini Iskadar – Johor Straits, part of Malaysia’s critical interface with Singapore. Combining the development of design strategies, building and urban design proposals for the current information age, how do we foster industry 4.0, digital manufacturing methods and cyber-physical systems. Elemental building components and typologies will be rethought innovatively for a conscious city.
RMIT University – lab Future Cities / FLEXIBLE CITY
Design Studio Leaders: Joerg Rekittke, Yazid Ninsalam, Ata Tar
Studio members: Lin Bingzhen, Dian Sheng, Fei Wang, Liu Jingqi, Sun Mingfeng, Qian Sun, Yang Qilin, Zhang Qiuye, Li Shaokai, Yang Shuhan, Zeng Weichu, Yang Yu, Ye Li, Liu Yinglong, Chen Yishan,Yu Zhang, Xing Yuning, Ye Zhanqi, Liu Ziyan, Fong Kit Mun, Fang Zijian, Duo Zhang, Li Qiwen, He Zhenghao
Aspiring to be a future megacity, Medini Iskandar aims to be a ‘Smart, Vibrant, and Sustainable’ integrated urban development of international standing, with a projected population of 350,000 people by the year 2030. In order to realize these aspirations, Medini Iskandar must consider a larger issue at hand: the cross-border relationship within the Iskandar Malaysia-Singapore region.
The Malaysia-Singapore border is a gateway for land, labor, and capital. Like Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Iskandar Malaysia shares a similar unique locational advantage as it is situated in close proximity to Singapore, a powerhouse city, that would potentially catapult Iskandar Malaysia’s growth. Presently, its main transportation mode across the border is limited to 2 links: The Causeway, a multimodal land bridge, and the Second Link, a carriageway that serves vehicular traffic. Transportation times across both links vary between 5 to 10 minutes by rail, and 10 to 50 minutes by automobile, not taking into account peak periods, for the daily commuter who live and work in different countries.
Megacity Region responds to this issue of the lack of efficient transportation options by proposing three mobility propositions to resolve the border obstacle that restricts Medini Iskandar from developing into a future megacity of international standing.
RMIT University - Catalyst
Design Studio Leader: Brent Allpress with Professor Tom Kovac + Jose Alfano, University of Melbourne
Metropolitan scale urban scenarios for the staged development of the city are investigated from the immediately implementable through to longest term projections and speculations on the viable, vibrant and sustainable future of this city and region. Architectural built fabric scaled design proposals and projects will be developed in response to and as a driver for that staged framework. Alternatives to mono-functional zoning defaults were emphasized and hybrid building typologies considered. Emerging urban economies and technologies were investigated and counter-compositional design strategies explored.
The role of anchor architectural projects with high design values as a catalyst for urban precinct scale development will be a key focus, looking at a productive contestation between the special and the generic. The opportunistic co-option and curation of metropolitan scale infrastructure offers a potential means to gain a critical mass, intensity and quality of urban life.
Co-Create, Neo-Industrial Complex - Urban zonation integrates environmental methodology for habitat management with zoning methodology for urban design.
Traversal Fields - Traversal fields 2116 is a proposal that challenges the way people experience and mobilize in the future city of Medini.
Tourism Infrastructure - A good and futuristic city is made up of a series of ordinary life events that come together to form a special site identity and event space.
Building in Context - Investment in urban forms that are located at points of prospective urban intensities.