- Exhibition - GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY by WOHA in New York
How can we respond to the challenges of mega-cities like the ones in Asia? These challenges not only impact the quality of life of the building and city inhabitants, they also influence the environmental balance of our planet, increasingly marked by the effects of global warming.
Singapore-based architecture firm, WOHA is renowned for its design approach that aims for a “biophilic” future. This expression was first coined by Erich Fromm and further popularised by Edward O. Wilson, and it incorporates reconnecting people with the natural environment. WOHA has applied this concept by developing its towers in harmony with native ecosystems and urban communities.
Until 4 September at The Skyscraper Museum in New York we can enjoy the responses of WOHA to the increasingly compelling issues of the supply of quality living spaces to the growing population of mega-ities in Asia without pushing the precarious balance of our planet across the edge.
WOHA has designed and created tropical towers embraced by greenery, vertical villages with sky gardens and parks that respond to the climate and to local needs with targeted concepts. 80% of the population lives in vertical structures here, and these are green responses to high-density living.
The exhibition showcases the visionary idea for Duxton Plain from 2001; Oasia Downtown, an office tower where each level is like a green veranda, to be completed this year; the famous PARKROYAL on Pickering (2013), hotel-and-office in a garden, in Singapore; Sky Forest City Tower; the prottype for the Sky Resort Hotel; the recently completed SkyVille @ Dawson an example of public housing structured in three blocks; Stacked Garden Boutique Offices; The Met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2009, for a residential tower where you can enjoy tropical living without air-conditioning; Tropical Urban Business Park in Penang, Malaysia; Vanke Cloud City in Shenzhen, China; the idea of the Permeable Lattice City (2011) and the Vertical Stacked City, again in Shenzhen, a naturally ventilated village grouping together whole compounds of offices, shops and businesses.
WOHA's responses draw you in because of their huge visual appeal, which is not an end in itself but strives to preserve the tropical biodiversity in places where it is a pleasure to live, despite the surrounding contingencies.
We'll be meeting up with the WOHA founders at the Venice Biennial, with the exhibition “Fragments of an Urban Future” in Palazzo Brembo.
Exhibition: GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming, WOHA
Dates: dal 23 marzo al 4 settembre 2016
Dates: 23 March to 4 September 2016
Location: The Skyscraper Museum, New York
Find out more: www.skyscraper.org
Images: Courtesy of WOHA, Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall - Rendering: WOHA