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From fragments to centrality
some samples of a current project done at the ETH Zürich, together with Georgia Papathanasiou.
Located in Brazil, dealing with the topic of satellite cities around its capital Brasilia.



The main focus for the site in Brasilia will be on the organisation and creation of multiply centralities.
On one hand related to the use and introduction of transportations systems, as an alternative to the use of cars, on the other hand linked to the idea of zoning to establish networks to open up possibilities for a richer urban life, a mix of program and a more complex, divers urbanity. 

Mobility—the goal is here to use and trace ‘hard’ infrastructure (street, pathways,..) as a starting point by installing facilities and ecological transportation systems, to activate the spaces and free them from the conventional image of the street scapes. 
Creating dispersed centralities through modification of the relations between the private and the public / common spaces. Challenging the tendency to segreation of the existing urban fabric in the satellites, it is attempted to distribute functions in a way to mobilize the area in the scale of the neighbourhood as well as in a regional scale. The proposed centralities are meant to achieve a degree of autonomy and at the same time, to structure an urban layout that works as a whole.

Extract of sketches - field and area of operation - ecology / landscape

Area of interventions  - 3 scales - territorial, regional, local
Analysis - mapping urban patterns
                                                                                                                                                                                           Typology Map
Concept model - different networks, grids and layers within a city

SOP - Strategic Operational Plan
A green and public corridor attached with different kinds of facilities and functions connects the city center with the
existing wetlands and recreation area (1st phase) as well as the protected landscapes around Santa Maria (2nd phase).
Urban tools
Fig.01 - Zoning  -  Fig.02 - Transportation layer  -  Fig.03 - Public space layer  -  Fig.04 - Green layer
                                                                                                                                                                 Overview Public Facilities - Phase I-III
Strategic plan - interventions, phase I
Over time urban and green fragments create a whole.
Project billboard


Prototypes - Urban fragments
Prototype Research Facility / Transportation Hub
First test exhibition setup
Transportation hub - the multifunctional building is hosting next to different means of transportation,
administrative facilities and departments for the municipality and citizens of the area of Santa Maria
Urban layout
Introducing new agencies and economic models for Minha Casa Minha Vida
(the biggest social housing program in Brasil, shown in white) within existing and new urban fabric.


Only 20 minutes to Plano Piloto with an eco-friendly transportation system!

Emphasizing public transportation by introducing a new mass transportation system in a regional scale. 
BRT - Bus Rapid Transport - using and adapting the infrastructure of the existing streets.
Scheme - Connecting and strengthen existing and new networks of infrastructure and public tranport.
Collage Transportation Hub
Plan and section shapes of the transportation hub 
Distribution / zoning of functions and areas
Together with a network of bus, bicycle and mototaxi stops, the 300 meter long structure, filled with volumes, ramps and ceilings according to its needs and possible expansion, forms the 'heart' of the new mobility setup for this area.

A new mobility map - bringing together different means of transportation
Drawings from left to right - bus stop, services/actors, location within the transportation network
Small bus station - cooperative means of transport
Project billboard
Exhibition 'Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade' at Studio X, Rio de Janeiro - June 2013
Exhibition 'Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade' at Studio X, Rio de Janeiro - June 2013
'Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade' - design proposal by the MAS Urban Design Program ETH Zürich, Publication by Ruby Press - May 2014
http://www.ruby-press.com/books/minha-casa-nossa-cidade