The conversations taking place today about new approaches to designing cities of the future center around new urban ideas, including Moshen Mostafavi's discussion from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Mostafavi's discussion of urbanism can be seen in his recently published book, Ecological Urbanism. Ecological Urbanism looks at how the world may be able cope in the future as cities become increasingly dense, using new strategies for urban and spatial design. As the need arises for sustainable dense urban development, including ecological and sustainable food sources grown locally within cities, new building types that incorporate landscape from the natural surroundings, will help mitigate the effect of millions of people living in very close and dense arrangements.
hanrahan Meyers architects (hMa) have been master plan architects for green city spaces since 1990, when hMa were hired as the master plan architects for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood. The BPC North Neighborhood was developed, under hMa's guidance, as the first high-rise green neighborhood in the world.
Idea Diagram : Battery Park City North Neighborhood Master Plan, Victoria Meyers architect for hanrahan Meyers architects click here to see more of this project on hanrahanMeyers.com. The Green Urbanist Victoria Meyers architect post
Teardrop Park South is an example of how even very dense urban spaces can still be experienced with natural light. The Park was laid out by hMa, and designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates using Heliostat mirrors to beam light into an otherwise dark park. The final park offers an array of natural greenery, native New York stones, and water to create a space that feels part of the original Manhattan landscape. The park exists as a tiny envelop of green tucked into a dense high-rise block.
Teardrop Park south (photo from "Teardrop Park South Unveiled" article on tribecacitizen.com - click to read more). Victoria Meyers architect for hanrahan Meyers architects. The Green Urbanist Victoria Meyers architect post
hMa has been at the forefront of designing ideas for new ways of making cities of the future since 1990. hMa's approach to urban places includes radical new approaches to creating eco-systems within places that were thought to be unnatural and unsustainable.
Battery Park City North Neighborhood Master Plan : site plan showing parks. Victoria Meyers architect for hanrahan Meyers architects. click here to see more of this project on hanrahanMeyers.com. The Green Urbanist Victoria Meyers architect post
All of the buildings and parks in Battery Park City's North Neighborhood were designed using guidelines developed by hMa, to create green, sustainable urban living.