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Skycar City - A Pre-Emptive History: MVRDV/UWM

Winy Maas and Grace La

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 240

  • Publisher: ACTAR

  • Date Published: Sep 2007

  • Stock Code: 61817

  • ISBN: 9788496540583

  • Binding: Paperback

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Skycar City is a compilation of the highly intriguing design work produced by the inaugural Marcus Prize Studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Winy Maas of MVRDV presents the work of twelve students who explored the relationship between infrastructure, architecture and urban form.

Tested in two scenarios (one real in Tianjin, China and the other purely hypothetical) Maas and his students sever vehicular traffic flow from its traditional two-dimensional plane and then forecast the potentials of a new, hyper-volumetric city where given urban activity inflates to fully occupy all three dimensions. Populated by 5 million inhabitants and rising 800 metres high, this new 'sky car city' is buzzing with the flows of goods and people as they navigate the airways in several models of airborne vehicles, also designed by the students. It makes fascinating reading for urban planners, transport theorists and enthusiasts for the future.

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