"Eco-City" was an investigation into the area of Bohai Bay China. This area which is historically known as agricultural land is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest manufactures of technology. Huge cities are being constructed throughout the region, generating new jobs and a technology based economy overnight. Our proposal investigates how the historic agricultural systems and technology could begin to work together to generate a new typology of city.
Our first step was to look at the historic layout of the garden city and how it could be modernized. We used several inter-dependent systems; wetland filtration, hydraulic generators, and high speed rail, to reshape the idea of "garden city." These factors thus allowed for a new rule-set and matrix to be developed for the architecture of city to be deployed.
The technologies demanded a high level of specificity in their deployment. Our solution to this was to develop an urban scale grid, deploy the programs, and then adjust the geometry of the gird to optimize the efficiency of each technology. The final geometry was a series of ribbons which were organized in circular systems which allowed for both agricultural spaces and each occupant of the city to have access to nature. Along each ribbon runs regional and local rail systems, housing, and commercial spaces which allows for a dense urban feeling to be obtained.