'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.
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. (to find out more)
Aldo Cibic at http://www.cibicworkshop.com/
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