RENEWABLE CITY 2040ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
This approach generates HYBRID forms of architecture and urban clusters that produce more energy, water and food than they consume. This surplus forms a source of income for the district generating a healthy local economy and increased level of well-being. Public private partnerships form the basis for the decentralized local energy, water and food co-operations that manage and maintain the systems.
Sustainable city design is not merely about balancing flows. In the Merwe and Vierhavens case study, we investigated how social parameters can be combined with technical parameters to generate a truly sustainable urban area. A ‘low energy urban morphology’ combines the ideals of a healthy, livable city with high densities and optimal public transport system. This results in a low-rise, high-density model with adaptive forms of architecture in which public, collective and private realms are subtly connected.