Topological City

Urban Design Research, Dongguan, China


The Topological City envisions a three-dimensional future city. To accommodate forecast populations, cities need to be dense, diverse and ecological. The Topological City proposes an alternative to the dominant high-rise morphology, which dictates a city of isolated vertical extrusions. In the Topological City, buildings rise, fold and reconnect with the terrestrial surface. Commercial, residential, civic and landscape programs intertwine. Nexuses in the vertical and horizontal spatial network generate lateral, vertical, parallel and cross-axial interrelationships that manifest three-dimensional meta-streets and meta-squares. The hybrid urban megastructure is connected and activated by circulation.

Credits: Simon Kringas (Design Director), Damian Roos, Tynan Freeman (Design Assistants).

Sponsors: Tsinghua University & HYHW, Beijing.

Photography: Cameron Price.

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