Why are green plans to generic and unappealing? More importantly how are they defined as green? Is a zero-carbon city in the desert, buzzing with SUVs zero carbon? These are the questions of this Discussion. We launch with a forum at the Shenzhen Biennale December 7th. Details below. .. and do leave your comments.
B.A.R.C. Forum – Green From Scratch!
Sub-organizer: Neville Mars / DCF
BARC (Beyond Architectural Regulations in China) is an ambitious collaborative design-research initiated by the Dynamic City Foundation (DCF) that delivers a sustainable vision for China's new urban realm. With no comprehensive green models available in China, or in the world, the DCF will bring together ten prominent architecture offices to rethink urban sustainability from scratch; asking what does green mean today and, what could it ideally be tomorrow? BARC is the conceptual start of an actual urban proposal for eco-city Caofeidian in Norther China, to be presented at the Shanghai World Expo. The assignment: to build an urban expansion for a five year period, one office on top of the other. As such the project investigates how over a period of fifty years a city could be designed to evolve and become an increasingly healthy living environment. At the the BARC Forum these twenty leading designers will be put on the spot to present their mission statement for a green future.
Urbanus: Wang Hui, Wu Wenyi
MAD: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
Urban China: Jiang Jun, Han Yan
BAU: James Brearley, Fang Qun
Tsinghua School of Architecture: Zhu Wenyi, Alex Camprubi, Yehao Song
MVRDV: Winy Maas, Paul Kroese
Z.U.S.: Elma van Boxel, Kristian Koreman
Rocksteady Design: Barend Koolhaas, Femke Bijlsma
Powerhouse Company: Nanne de Ru, Charles Bessard
Dynamic City Foundation: Neville Mars, Alain Fouraux
Moderator: Adrian Hornsby