Tver Tech Campus is a secure enterprise-class high technology environment for business, industry and government. The plan contains a circular traffic structure, which uses less road surface than regular grid proposals. This allows for the creation of a predominantly green, naturally landscaped Campus. The circular traffic structure is not only cheaper, it has an aura of being more expensive and as such generates a feeling of luxury in the area. The circular ring structure of the Tver Tech Campus plan allows for easy phasing of the project while maintaining the spatial integrity of each cluster and nurturing the physical synergy between the functions, even in the first stages of development.
Read more here. The dutch newspaper Financieel dagblad published one of the visuals in their fd.extra supplement.
Developer: TCN Russia
Masterplan: Stephen Lewis, Mendel Robbers with Florentijn Vleugels
Datacenter: Deerns & Van Aken architecten
Mecanoo architects invited Urbanicity and YYY to work on a strategy for the redevelopment of the AMO-Zil car factory in Moscow. We proposed ‘Skill City’, an area development that reinvents industry, education and entrepreneurship as missing link between global industry clusters (i.e. Skolkovo) and the local economy.
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The strong growth of the Romanian economy, pushed by the European accession, ignited a development race at the most historic, beautiful and remote sites of Romania. Facilitating potentialities that ‘might arise’ became the new gamble: houses, hotels and offices for people that never came. As result, the built floorspace increased substantially over the last 10 years. Vacancy became the new enemy. Vacancy in an excessive postmodern or fake vernacular costume. Let’s face it. Never were ‘here’ and ‘there’ as interrelated as nowadays. Communication devices and long distance transport opened up our world and keep us connected. ‘Home’ is no longer a place anchored in strong local tradition, but a condition of global inter connectivity. Together with Building the Future and the municipality of Vama Buzaului YYY developed a staged development plan for Dalghias Valley that facilitates ‘change’ and ‘sophistication’ in stead of mass. We wanted to challenge the Romanian spatial planning with less footprint, and more respect. Valley21 and its buildings are designed in such a way that they connect the ‘here’ and the ‘there’, the contemporary with the rural, the international with the local. The buildings are characterized by the strong lines of the international style and a local presence in materials and reflections. Architecture and nature compete and synthesize at the same time, they become non hierarchical.
The project is embraced by the Romanian green building council.