LOOP City / BIG

We’re so happy to share this video BIG passed along to us highlighting their contribution to the 2010 Venice Biennale.  Entitled the LOOP City, the exhibition focuses on a new Metro loop that become the catalyst for development for the cross border region as different programs grow around the new stations.  The loop will connect areas around the Øresund Strait in a sustainable spine of public transport, energy exchange and electric car infrastructure.   The design introduces a new “vein of true urbanity” that will weave it was through the suburbs.  This new loop will create a new realm by uniting specific points, yet activating each interstitial segment.

More about the project after the break.

Currently, the industrial areas in the Copenhagen suburbs are next in line for urban development and this new light rail will connect the 20 development zones with a total area of 11 Km2.  The project will serve as the new sustainable model for the area as it will implement strategies for energy exchange, waste management, water treatment and electric car stations.  ”At certain points the rail becomes a building itself almost like a Roman aqueduct passing through the suburbs, at other points it forms small pockets of urbanity around the stations,” explained .

The proposed new light rail will create a new 50 year development perspective for a cross border region between Sweden and Denmark. Where the Finger Plan from 1947 was about connectivity from suburb to center the Loop City is linking a string of highly differentiated urban nodes, universities and working spaces in a center-less metropolitan region around a blue void. This ring, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay area, has enough development areas to contain the growth of the region the next 50 years, and could become a model for a both sustainable, dense and super recreational development of the region.

PROJECT LOOP CITY

CLIENTS REALDANIA, DaC

COLLABORATORS ReD ASSOCIATES, TOM NIELSEN, ARUP, KOLLISION, CAVI

TYPE URBAN VISION

LOCATION COPENHAGEN, MALMÖ

STATUS ONGOING STUDY

LOOP CITY

PRESENTATION MOVIE CREDITS:

Movie: BIG, KOLLISION, CAVI

Collaborators: TEIS DRAIBY, GLESSNER GROUP

Model: ArkitekturMinisteriet

LOOP CITY PROJECT CREDITS:

Architect: BIG

Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen

Project Leader: Søren Martinussen

Team: Daniel Kidd, Kuba Snopek, Daniel Selensky, Armor Gutierrez Rivas, Riccardo Mariano

Collaborators: ReD Associates, Tom Nielsen, ARUP

Be sure to check out our previous coverage of the , especially Junya Ishigami+ Associates‘ Golden Lion project here.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "LOOP City / BIG" 03 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=76482>

15 comments

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    this is great potential to start shifting the suburbs. like mixed used buildings, but incorporating so many more aspects of urban life than just zoning.

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    This idéa is lifted from one of Realdanias competion entries for Øresund 2040. Not by any sense BIGs idea.

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    it’s a shame i couldn’t read some of the tiny text lines, but there are plenty of exciting ideas here. and this presentation is showed in a very original way.

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    incredibly naive. ingels needs to do a case study on the los angeles metropolis to learn of the perils of fragmentation, indexification and stratification hierarchies. It is a recepie for disaster, makes for zoos where people tend to stick to their own realm. just because they are all organized under one main mass does not imply successful integration. it will be one huge territorial mess.

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    but ive got to say hes on the right track. perhaps more of a “braided system” or “weaved system” of bands could offer the possibility of successful integration rather than segregated bands with a ground level (or roof level) being the common space.

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    Been there, seen it :)
    very impressive presentation, as always.

    a good point to start from, for a real project.
    looking forward to follow its development..

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    It’s far better and greener make a tunnel rather than a bridge over city buildings, also you can’t make a bigger buildings in future

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    this is urban predator … without identity, history, without tradition, patterns that repeat throughout the world are nothing more than “products”.
    the city should be a body, and should grow as such.

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