FREE (fernando romero): FREE city
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nov 20, 2012
FREE (fernando romero): FREE city

‘FREE city’ by FREE
all images courtesy of FREE



‘FREE city’ is an urban prototype with a utopian vision designed by mexico city-based practice FREE. the scheme is envisioned to utilize the benefits of radial,
hexagonal and rectilinear grids to maintain radial organization, hierarchical zoning and logical growth. the typical block system is superimposed over
each sector and hexagonal ring to optimize proximity between locations. an efficient public transit network supports a car-free plan, ensuring residents are
never more than an 8 minute walk from a tram station. 


districts are more circular towards the center and more rectangular towards the outer periphery. the centralized overlapping of programmatic areas generates
a vertical urbanism derived by the interlocking of these elements. population growth and urban interactions are developed sustainably and systematically,
eliminating wasted land, a current effect of sprawl.


FREE’s urban prototype for building new cities in emerging economies of the 21st century, is on show at the 2nd creativity world biennale as part of
the CRio festival from november 21-25, 2012.


elevated perspective of city



central plaza



FREE city
video courtesy of FREE




components of the utopian vision



conceptual diagram of grid



















zoning strategy









phasing diagram



city center concept



project info:



design: fernando romero, sérgio rebelo, armando ramos, antonia wai, leonidas trampoukis, ryan kukuraitis, fernando torres, alexander middleton,
denis bondar, daniela gallo, mark paz, adrian reifer, olivier brouillard (
environment & infrastructure: byron stigge (buro happold)
animation: lucas werthein (super uber), shahar zaks (super uber), molly schwartz (super uber)
sound design: liv spencer (still going records)
models: michael kennedy (kennedy fabrications), jamie scott (kennedy fabrications)
renders: christopher shelley, juan carlos ramos

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