We Architecture conceives sustainable urban plan for Farum suburb

Urban planning methods vary from place to place depending on the need of the hour and landscape. But what most urban communities share is fragmentation. While such places witness plenty of development, they do so in a manner that edges out sustainable development and green spaces. As such, we find ourselves living in a world that has all the modern amenities we’ve ever needed but without features like green spaces and concepts like harmony. In view of this fragmented landscape, Danish firm We Architecture has conceived of an urban plan for Farum, a suburb situated about 20 km from Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen.

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Titled ‘Farum’, the project envisions bringing societies together through a building typology that is based on a 40×40 meter grid. It focuses on combining what suburbia has to offer along with the best of urbanity. Green spaces will be upgraded while squares will house plazas and other areas of commerce. This physical closeness will hopefully translate into bringing the community together in a manner befitting that of a suburb.

Pedestrian streets will have trees lining the edges, providing people with natural shade and cool air. Instead of the usual streets that break up an area, squares will be built where people can take a leisurely strolls and mingle among themselves. Apartment blocks will also have green spaces in the vicinity for residents to relax and engage in recreational activities. A look at We Architecture’s site plan shows plenty of space allotted for trees, forests and other such areas, typically found in suburbs.

Such urban planning methods seek to undo the ‘damage’ inflicted by large-scale development. Unlike ages of the past that saw close-knit communities and trees peppering their areas, urban cities of today seem to exist in fragmentation. This has led to communities living in separation, divided by vast roads and concrete spaces.

Via: Designboom

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