The existing use of the site consists primarily of infrastructure, agricultural plots, and natural terrain. At the very centre of our site is a large development that we cannot move. The existing landscape, development and its related functions define the quality of our site. What if, rather than attempting to suppress or insulate these uses from our development, they are considered as latencies capable of forming the identity of a new site, with multiple centres? Can the introduction of new urban conditions benefit from and reinforce the existing conditions of the site?
The design organises the site into an archipelago, composed of six islands, each defined by particular types of knowledge based industries. The irregular physical definition of the islands are reinforced with icons that provide universal needs for all residents. The icons form a continuity of irregularity, each varying in terms of architectural form, function, density, and materialisation.
Our Smartcity eliminates the need for one to chose between city or nature, modernisation or preservation. We reject a binary approach to living and embrace paradox as the essential quality of the 21st Century City.