City Hubs

Keith Griffiths
Aedas, Hong Kong

Our lives are adapting to a convenient, vibrant, and connected live-work dynamic, and our cities must change and respond to those new requirements. Much of the urban population prefers to live in smaller apartments in high-density inner urban areas, due to their convenience and social contacts. With fewer and shorter journeys to work, this urban migration has the potential to reduce land requirements for suburban residential districts as well as demands upon infrastructure. This presentation suggested that China will lead the world in building ultra high-density, connected, and vibrant hubs within its cities, accommodating our new needs by providing public spaces at many levels and fusing the outdated concepts of high-rise towns into new vertical cities. It also explained how existing and future infrastructure nodes will provide the seeds for these hubs, and how it is possible to predicatively plan for the future densification and growth of our cities. The presentation concluded that our inner urban building typologies will continue to evolve into more flexible and pedestrian-friendly structures, whereby the lower levels of the buildings will become a series of porous and interconnected public decks and parks, spanning across roadways and creating a seamless pedestrianized and sustainable high-density environment.

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