aldo cibic: rural urbanism at rethinking happiness
aldo cibic: rural urbanism at rethinking happiness aldo cibic: rural urbanism at rethinking happiness
sep 08, 2010

aldo cibic: rural urbanism at rethinking happiness

‘rethinking happiness’ is a research project showing 4 different new possible communities on a total suface of 40mq. curated by italian architect and designer aldo cibic, the model is presented at the 12th venice architecture biennale under the theme ‘people meet in architecture’ curated by kazuyo seijima.

‘rural urbanism’ image © designboom rural urbanism the city enters the countryside, the country enters the city.

one hour from shanghai, a large rural territory with an ancient agricultural tradition is crushed between a growing industrial zone and a new city.

the idea is to create an agricultural park of 4 sq km inhabited by 8000 persons with low-density residential structures, preserving the agriculture and offering green spaces for the inhabitants. the project calls for a group of elevated buildings on the streets, to create a perpendicular grid that floats over the countryside.

in the middle of this ‘agricultural central park’ there are specialized farms that produce crops for the sustainable, profitable development of the countryside. the challenge is to create a new community with shared services, new activities and relationships, in tune with the territory.

project elements:

   1. wishing tree    2. lo shu + holy field    3. belvedere    4. drying platform    5. rainwater fountain    6. barn    7. bird houses    8. hay barn    9. picnic pavillion   10. golf driving range + agricultural staging station   11. water taxi   12. bamboo court   13. swimming pool   14. aquaculture   15. water plaza   16. main canal   17. acrobats theater   18. excange plaza   19. labirinth + bike parking   20. farm area   21. pedestrian and bike path   22. orchard   23. elevated housing   24. badminton + parking   25. minigolf + parking   26. water court   27. bamboo bascket field   28. fragrance court   29. car parking   30. streets path under elevated housing

detail of the model image © designboom

sketches of the various elements

elevated housing image © designboom

plaza and bike parking image © designboom

close-up image © designboom

exchange plaza image © designboom

farm area image © designboom

elevated housing and farm circulation


badminton and parking image © designboom

swimming pool image © designboom

aldo cibic about the project (italian only)

video © aldo cibic

see also the other projects of ‘rethinking happiness’ curated by aldo cibic at the venice architecture biennale 2010: a campus in the fields – venice agri-techno valley new communities, new polarities – a town in the alpine foothills superbazaar – on the outskirts of milan

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