The Green Micronation – Liberland International Design Competition
Nowadays cities consume 80% of global energy and are responsible for 75% of carbon dioxide emissions. Global warming is a serious issue and man is more and more aware of his responsibilities. Planning a new city is a very important commitment. We as architects and men make choices that concern the future of our species as well as the future of our planet. Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri taught us that we are on board a “spaceship we call earth”, and since operating “spaceship Earth” is a very delicate task, we must do all possible efforts to try to offer an environment that suits the best not only our species, but all of “Nature”. Sort of a “live and let live” widened to interspecies relationship. We don’t consider man as the centre of Universe anymore, so we believe that a new nation should arise with this principle in mind: any effort should be made to offer a free environment for all species to prosper and progress in the wonderful flow of life that we have the extreme luck to be part of. So this is why we want our new city to float above the ground and at the same time to be dense as the brains cells. A place of connections and development. A place from where to look at a free world. To put in Louis Wirth’s words, a place with critical mass and human fuel; a place of tension and friction, but also cradle of creativity and progress. “Without the density there is not enough human contact; without the diversity and differences there is no chemistry; without the size it is not enough of everything.”
– DENSITY IS NOT VERTICAL
Differently from what we are used to think, verticality is not the only solution when the matter regards a very dense city.
We have to re-interpretate the concept of vertical, not limited to skyscrapers, but developed on a new model of vectorial city with completely different density standards, a “light landscraper”.
– DON’T MESS WITH THE GROUND
The relationship with the natural environment when we design tomorrow’s cities should always take into consideration the huge respect that nature deserves. The soil preservation should be a priority, that’s why we chose to have a light impact on the ground, keeping the land as wild as we could.
– CAR-FREE ENVIRONMENT
All cities looking for symbiosis with Nature should aspire to a car-free environment. This means the development of a unified infrastructural system of public transport that gives the opportunity to move all around the city.
– VISUAL PERMEABILITY
Having a light impact on the surrounding environment means to have a structure that doesn’t block the view and allows the earh to breathe. A vector habitat appears to be the ideal formal choice for the city.