THE DENSE CITY
A masterplan in the image of the medieval European city
A 3RD YEAR ASSIGNMENT AT THE ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. IN COLLABORATION WITH CLARA KYNNE SCHMIDT & PETER RAVNBORG
JANUARY - MARCH 2013
The dense city is in fashion. The compact streetscape found in many medieval European city centers is also where you find a city's history and identity. The dense, its' changing typologies and narrow streets always surprises its' users. It gives its users an incitement to wander its' streets why the dense city often also is a safe and healthy city.
It hasn't always been this way. In older times, the dense city was the dark and dirty city. This type of city gave birth to a whole generation of architects who saw light, air and lots of space as the highest ideal. Though the sanitary conditions today are quite different it is still those dogma - the dogma of modernism - which reigns. These rules can only give birth to one type of city: The sprawling city; The city of the car.
This is the current situation in Ørestad. Along the lush greenery, a number of iconic buildings are spread out so far from each other, they can't define the space between them. This is what we want to rebel against. We want to invent a new type of city: A modern dense city.
This project followed an initial site analysis resulting in a temporary installation. This master plan was also the site for my diploma project: A resident hall and combined library.
Conceptual painting of the atmosphere of the city
Preliminary sketches / The city meets the nature & a courtyard with a pool
The masterplan in its' entirety / Several 'cuts' in the urban fabric increases the number of houses with direct access to nature
Sections / The relationship between the city and the greenery
View of one of the green arteries that flows through the city / These spaces are used as recreational areas
Arrival from the metro station / Ørestads boulevard is pushed inwards to the city, allowing public plazas on both sides of the streets
One of the small passages in the dense city / At certain points, the rhytm of buildings allows light to enter and offers views of neighboring spaces
A view of the lush nature from a courtyard / Each courtyard are shaped by the arrangement of canals that flow through the city
Model photo / A view down the main street. Each street leads up to a specific view: A view into a courtyard, to the greenery or, as here, to a special building
Model photo / The urban plan seen from the green area
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