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The New Vertical City – ” Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by eliinbar

The New Vertical City eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011

This post is about the sources of inspiration for the new “vertical city”.Le Courbusier called it  “La Ville Radieuse” – “The Radiant City

Recently were published in the Web several interpretations to the notion of thevertical city

This projects review is partial. It Includes the main sources of inspiration for today Architects and planners designing the “Vertical City

Le Corbusier Architect

Unité d’Habitation Marseille

France, built 1947-1952

Le Courbusier “La Ville Radieuse” Conceptual sketch

“La Ville Radieus(1924 )  represented an utopian dream to reunite man within a well-ordered environment. Unlike the radial design of the Ville Contemporaine, the Ville Radieuse was a linear city based upon the abstract shape of the human body with head, spine, arms and legs. The design maintained the idea of high-rise housing blocks, free circulation and abundant green spaces proposed in his earlier work. The blocks of housing were laid out in long lines stepping in and 0ut. and were raised up on pilotis. They had roof terraces and running tracks on their roofs.

Archigram (1960s)

Archigram (1960s)drew inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects. Committed to a ‘high tech’, light weight infra-structural approach that was focused towards survival technology, the group experimented with modular technology, mobility through the environment, space capsules and mass-consumer imagery. The works of Archigram served as a source of inspiration for later works such as the High tech ‘Pompidou centre’ 1971 by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, and Future Systems.

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Hong Kong Apartment Buildings 2010

Metous Studio

Barrio de los Paracaidistas

published in Archdaily 03 Jun 2010

Metous Studio Barrio de los Paracaidistas Conceptual sketch

Their approach reconfigures the traditional Mexican street as an open-air high-rise to provide unlimited potential for a new type of urban environment.  ”The meaning of the tower is a living being that breathes in the city and is truly defined by Mexican culture and people,”

By shifting key components of Mexico’s urban fabric to the vertical dimension, a new three-dimensional urban organizational grid is formed.   The street is continued from the ground plane and becomes the connecting thread linking the entire tower.  The street reacts to sunlight, wind, adjacencies and population density, as it sometimes widens for commercial activity, an open green space, or to provide visual and circulatory freedom.

The tower’s structural framework affords the design a sense of flexibility, allowing it to be adapted to the community’s needs over time.  The system has the potential to support a series of vertical neighborhoods that grow around and into one another. Sub-public and private spaces evolve organically, creating complex urban spaces similar to those of historic Mexico.

Each building within this new vertical city is self-structural and built into the larger super-structure.   This non-modular system “allows neighborhoods to develop with a richness and diversity reminiscent of the larger Mexico City context” Over time, the tower will be defined by those who have lived there, making it a testament to Mexico’s past and allowing a built object to reveal the history of the different neighborhoods.


Nordhavnen Pixel City

published in Archdaily 19Mar 2011


This community was developed with the idea of life as a focus from the inception of the design process. Great emphasis was set on carefully balancing and integrating residential, cultural, commercial, recreational, naturalistic and institutional elements of this master plan. A holistic approach to both micro and macro organization were seen as being crucial to this ultra livable city.

Nordhavnen’s aim is to be a flexible and evolving model of a 21st century town which focuses on renewable energy, waste reduction, ecological building materials and alternative transportation options as a key to it’s viability, livability and longevity.

Mekano Studio Seeds of Life”

honorable mention in the eVolo 2011 skyscraper

competition published in Archdaily 20-3-2011

Vertical City eliinbar Sketches 2011


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Zaha Hadid  the “Dancing Towers – Concept”

The Search for the Typology/Image of the new Green Apartment Building

Le Corbusier – “ville Radieuse” 2 – Not So Conscious Inspiration

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2010 by eliinbar

Two Corbusier‘s sketches illustrating the concept of the radiant city  =   “ Ville Radieuse



La Ville Radieus promised future of sunshine, fresh air and greenery for city-dwellers.

A city which consist of giant apartment blocks and green, landscaped spaces

It will be the vertical garden city.

Renewable area near the airport of Hong Kong


eliinbar Sketches 2010 – not so “conscious inspiration

Is this the  radiant city Corbusier imagined?

It seems more as , not so “conscious  inspiration

 Another example of a residential building in Hong Kong.


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Le Corbusier – La “Ville Radieuse” NOW!!

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by eliinbar

I returned from a visit to the  incomprehensible city – Hong Kong,
Corbusier’sVILLE RADIEUSE” is been built there….

Ville Radieuse”  is a controversial city plan, developed by Corbusier in the 30s’ of  the last century

Here is Corbusier‘s sketch from 1935, showing three stages in the “natural” evolution of large cities towards  la “Ville Radieuse“.

1. By 1900 the city is characterized by lowrise buildings and large density.–

2. From 1900 to 1935 skyscrapers are built to increase the density.

3. In the “future” , Corbusier propose to demolish the existing buildings and replace theme by “la ville Radieuse”


How about this typical building in Hong Kong?



Is this another example of “-conscious inspiration”?



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To be continued….