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MVRDV: china hills   a vision of future cities
nov 26, 2009
MVRDV: china hills a vision of future cities


exhibition installation: ‘china hills: a dream for future cities’

on saturday 28th of november the beijing centre for the arts will open the exhibition
‘green projects II, three dimensional city: future china’ featuring work of paolo soleri
and MVRDV. the centre piece is an installation by MVRDV, ‘china hills’: a scale model
of a future chinese city which offers alternatives to the current urbanization in china.
on a hypothetical site of 1x1x0.5 km the plan offers space to accommodate up to 100,000
inhabitants and a well balanced mix of urban program and nature, agriculture and energy
production; all in the shape of a chinese mountain landscape: realizable with today’s
technologies. the exhibition is open until february 28th 2010.


exhibition installation: ‘china hills: a dream for future cities’

2008 marks the historic global move from a majority of rural population to a majority
of urban population. in the last twenty years, the incredible economic growth of china
has lead to enormous urbanizations. though impressive in size, most of these urban
developments are rather monotonous and relying on external resources. as the urban
population grows, the needed program will require more space than suitable land is available.
in the exhibition MVRDV visualizes the possibilities this offers.‘stepped’ terraced towers
with a rich variety of characters appear. the interiors of these ‘hills’ are destined for retail,
industry, leisure and technology. by inserting these new ‘hills’ in and around the current cities,
a sincere chinese mountain range appears. blending individuality with collective responsibilities,
connecting architecture with urbanism and turning urbanism into landscape architecture.

exhibition installation: ‘china hills: a dream for future cities’

beijing center for the arts, together with project developer beijing vantone three
dimensional city investment co. ltd, presents the exhibition ‘BCA green project II’ – ‘three
dimensional city: future china’. with collective efforts from world’s leading architects
and artists, national and international experts and scholars on urban planning, city ecology
and environment, decision makers from government and enterprises, ‘three dimensional city’
is poised to envision an ideal living environment and future urban ecology. the project
addresses the depletion of land and energy resources. as an enlightening project from
which future urban planning programs can draw inspiration and as an exhilarating of social
reformation.

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