Break the grid : A new language of the public ground

The street is an essential connective component in relation to city planning and urbanism. It becomes the way we inhabit a city, the way we navigate between different functions of a day.

The fall of the address and way finding system, leads us to question the linearity of street form. Considering the future logistics of cities development; self-sufficiency and carbon-zero concepts will fundamentally alter the hierarchy between population, transportation infrastructure and buildings.

The design premise of the new street system is a hypothesis: mass transit will be dominant, where private vehicles will run under layers of traffic grid, while the ground is reserved for cyclist and mainly walkable. (eg. Elon Musk Underground city, Foster’s Masdar City) A fluid ground instead of a ground with gridded constraints.

The design strategy is to first situates buildings freely, as the road grid is irrelevant. Buildings have to be partially permeable on street level to create free flow of movement. Micro conditions will be created in pocket spaces. Transition from soft landscape to hard landscape demacates pocket conditions, with topography, signage and datums, suggesting movement and usage of street zones. While primary roads for cyclist and occasional cars are static, adaptable systems including column structure, ground signage and potentially topography can be responsive to seasonal and daily changes.

The new street system needs to understand and respect, be adaptive, responsive, allows growth and transformation.




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