Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
By Miyoko Ohtake / Published by Dwell

The projects—presented in text and multimedia formats along with scaled models—correlate to one of the five questions further posed in the exhibit relating to living, working, knowledge, public, and culture. The exhibit is scheduled to travel to Abu Dhabi, UAE; New York, New York; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China next year. Here’s a taste of what’s on display:

Jiarun Gardens’s 1,000,000-square-foot residential district project constructed outside Beijing by Schmidt hammer lassen answers the question “What if housing was designed to generate human dignity?”

Ramboll and Norwin engineering firms and Atkins Architects are working together on the World Trade Center in Manama, Bahrain, which responds to the “working” category question: “What if workplaces supported innovation, growth, and wealth?”

Mette Lange Architects present their Moving School project in Goa, India, as a solution to “What if healthcare, education, and information were designed for everyone?”

SLA Landscape Architects’ Jury’s Berkeley Court in Ireland, a modern interpretation of the historic Trinity College Botanic Gardens in Dublin, is an example for “What if public spaces promoted the participation and safe co-existence of citizens?”

Henning Larsen Architects’ rose-shaped Massar Children’s Discovery Center in Damacus, Syria, shows the possibilities of designing with the last question in mind: “What if architecture and planning promoted local cultural development through global awareness?”

Miyoko Ohtake


When not writing, Miyoko Ohtake can be found cooking, training for her next marathon, and enjoying all that the City by the Bay and the great outdoors have to offer.

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