MACRO Design Proposals

[AD2 2011]
Following the URBAN ANALYSIS component of the course, the teams took two different directions: either to develop an urban scale (MACRO) design or a building scale (MICRO) design. In both cases the design work is derived from their initial analysis. There are four MACRO scale design teams: GEOLOGY > INFRA-STRUCTURE, MICRO-URBANISM, ECONOMICS and DENCITY.

Team: Johnathan James Guest (FINAL PDF), Scott Alexander Riley Thorp (FINAL PDF), Duy Khang Phuong (FINAL PDF)
Building on their research of ground conditions, the team has developed three proposals. The first proposal develops a comprehensive strategy for all urban infrastructures, with the underlying concept to create networks joined by a backbone rather then a centralised system. The second proposal develops a global strategy for the city’s waste; the aim is to turn waste into energy and benefit the city, this is done through the introduction of catalysts. The third urban strategy focuses on developing a comprehensive catalogue of possible structural types relative to zoning and ground condition; this proposal underscores that Christchurch can rebuild but they need to understand the structural requirements relative to ground conditions.

Team: Jordon Tomas Saunders, Yun Kong Sung, Adrian Vincent Kumar
The future of urban planning could be in scripting rather than a zoning code, the micro-urbanism team developed an urban strategy around such an idea. They took all the possible ecological parameters and in a sense treated them like characters on a stage, assigning each one a responsive trait then hitting play to watch them self organise. Each trait can be given a lesser or higher priority thus playing out ideal scenarios based on optimising different ecological variables. The team will illustrate their design through three case studies: an idealised city based on minimising pollution, an idealised city based on wind patterns and an idealised city based on ground water conditions.

Team: Jeremy Yoo, Sam O’Connor, Thomas Ward
After analysing the city and discovering the financial value of the local malls, the Economics team proposed creating a network of financial hubs, each with a unique identity. The concept is to increase development along the major streets adjacent to the malls, and make local town centres by allowing for higher buildings and more floor area. As well the strategy considers how each hub knits into the fabric with cycleways, pedestrian-ways and greenways. The team will illustrate the strategy through three examples of a small, medium and large mall type. As well their proposed urban strategy will be applied to the CBD, treating it similarly by creating denser corridors of activity.

Team: Zhi Jian David Wong, Che Wei Jacky Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe
The team uses the method of scenario planning to test four possible futures given different urban strategies. The team’s aim is to determining the most viable urban strategy for Christchurch. Each scenario takes into consideration the whole of Christchurch, while understanding the centre is the CBD. The four strategies tested are: 1. A Sprawling City – Declining CBD and Suburban sprawl (pre-earthquake situation); 2. An Intensified City Core – Intensifying the CBD with increased mixed use zoning (current draft plan); 3. An Autonomous Network of Towns Surrounded by Green Belts – densification of satellite towns connected via a public transportation system; 4. A Tree of Life – Urban corridor scheme that feeds into an intensified CBD.


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