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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
 
Area of interventions  - 3 scales - territorial, regional, local
Typology Map
Concept model - different networks, grids and layers within a city
Prototype Research Facility / Transportation Hub
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
 
Zoning
Transportation layer
Public space layer 
Green layer
Urban tools
 
Fig.01  Zoning
Fig.02  Transportation layer
Fig.03  Public space layer 
Fig.04  Green layer
Urban tools
 
Fig.01  Zoning
Fig.02  Transportation layer
Fig.03  Public space layer 
Fig.04  Green layer
Public facilities - interventions phase I-III
Strategic plan - interventions, phase I
Over time urban and green fragments create a whole.
Urban fragments - Close up
Project billboard
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.
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
'Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade' at Studio X, Rio de Janeiro
Exhibition setup, June 2013