Integrated design strategy of building water-green environment based on urban form

Wen, Lin and Liu, Quan; (2022) Integrated design strategy of building water-green environment based on urban form. In: Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form. University of Strathclyde Publishing, Glasgow, pp. 1285-1293. ISBN 9781914241161

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The urban morphology research usually focuses on the city of the past, which is mostly consisted of the artificial elements. However, today’s design of urban space is not only to fulfil the living, transportation, aesthetics need, but more and more to think about the ecological sustainability and to comprehensively use the natural elements such as water and plants. It is also changing the relationship between the buildings and other physical elements in the urban space to a large extent, and will eventually bring about the new urban form. However, existing design generally focuses only on specific technique or physical element such as green roof, and lacks on exploring the integration value of them and its potential impact on generating a new urban form. This article collects 34 well-known water-green utilization design cases, and explores the possibility of integrated design and future forms on the basis of form analysis and summary. Firstly, based on Karl Kropf and Paul Osmond 's discussion of the elements of urban form, the water-green elements of the cases are classified on three levels: vertical interface, horizontal interface, internal and external space. Secondly, the evaluation of ecology, landscape, and engineering of the form of elements in the cases is made, and evaluate the integrability of the relationship between the water-green elements and their impact on urban form. Finally, structure a prototype, to explore feasible integrated design strategies and analyses their potential impact on the future urban form.

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