Part 1.Smart City an effort of Mayor and it’s citizens.

If Smart City is considered to be a roof of a complex structure,Mayor and his supporting staffs will be its pillars. Now when we talk about the citizens no doubt they will be compared with the foundation which exists at the lower level but without it, no structure can exist or stand properly.PRESENTATION29 copy.jpg   We  have seen global  summits to solve urban issues on global level. It’s good that world leader are coming together on one platform for to address the urban issues but will is solve the problems of Cities  on grass-root level.PRESENTATION29.jpg Do we need a similar summit among Mayer’s of the world ? How exchange of ideas among Mayor’s will affect the Cities around the world ? We will discuss in detail about Mayor’s ,It’s team and role of citizens for Smart Cities.                                                                                                                                    Mayor’s team : To make a city smart it’s essential is to make the citizens smart which is possible only with awareness ,training and open exhibition program. In hierarchy before going for awareness and Citizens training it’s essential is to train the representatives of the Citizens.A smart city is a regular efficient function process of the city where all City,Citizens and it’s environment related work  has to be done always. These are possible only the Mayor  and their supporting staffs should be smart also.The process of training can be done parallel to the Citizens awareness program also.  The trained team should be skilled enough to carefully program the and run the planned things.All divisions needed the expert in their field with team leader quality  .Essential needed staffs of the team would be members from Finance department ,Architecture and Planning department,Engineering department,Health department,Plumbing, and Sanitation department ,Electrification department Ann,Water resources department ,Expert from awareness and administrative field e.t.c                                                                                                                Mayor Importance : Despite the meeting of Ministers is essential to organize meetings of Mayors. The challenges in the Cities today are different from the past.The problem complexities are too complex today and it required to solved by different expertise. Sharing of ideas and experience by different Mayors can lead  solutions to several problems. Mayor Smartness:The truth behind world smart cities is the smartness of related Mayors and their teams.Some of the standout smart cities – Barcelona, Amsterdam, Malmo – exhibited dynamic leadership from their mayors as well as chief executives,“Crucially, they did not leave the evolution of the city to the market. Even Vicente Guallart professor of Iaac Barcelona and former Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council says ” Architects & planners are empowered by politicians/Mayor’s so If the Mayor decide architecture and Urban design is fundamental for the city then we play the fundamental role ,if this is not the case we don’t play the role.”
   Citizens Awareness: A smart city will be irrelevant to most of its inhabitants unless they can learn how to use new technology, says Adam Dennett, lecturer in smart cities at UCL. Very few people can pull live data from an API or set up a new sensor network to monitor air pollution – but until more can, smart cities risk being “little more than a marketing tool for big business”, he says.
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Park Guell The Gaudi Utopian Approach

Introduction :                                                                                                                                                             Gaudi strong connection with nature and architecture seems the key behind his Utopian approach to Create  garden with  habitable space on the uneven land of a Hill(Carmel Hill) at outskirts of Barcelona. It was planned to accommodate 60 houses with all supporting activities of the Reception building,Guard House,Market and Other recreational spaces. Early 19th century has several Art-Nouveau examples around the world. Reflection of the Art-Noveau style can be seen in Gaudi House at Park Guell.                                                                                                                                                                                               So the story of the Park Started from the idea of Count Eusebi Guell unsuccessful  township planned with 60 luxurious houses with triangulated  plots to get ample light and fresh air away from pollution. No buyer came to buy two of initial built (No Gaudi Design) houses in 1904.DSC_0035.jpgGaudí, at Güell’s suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906.This house, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926, was built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. It contains original works by Gaudí and several of his collaborators.               Heart Space :                                                                                                                                                      The whole park as been developed on series of stepped terrace.  Gaudi made Colonnaded pathway where the road projects out from the hillside, with the vaulting forming a DSC_0125.jpgretaining wall which curves over to support the road, and transmits the load onto sloping columns. DSC_0019Colonnaded footpath under the roadway viaduct, with external columns sloping to take the diagonal thrust from the vault supporting the road.                                                                     When we moved to Monumental zone  of the park it was totally different experience. The architecture of building made for the market with series of colonnaded with the property of harvesting rainwater from rooftop to Underground reservoir through the center of the column itself.

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The terrace of the unused marketplace acts as a plaza to get the view of the city. After moving down at the main entrance of the Park we got the most beautiful place of the plaza.DSC_0154 Two awesome buildings on the front gate were made for reception and security guards .  DSC_0196.jpgJust like the Spanish steps in Rome the steps are decorated with sculptures and vegetation.DSC_0224.jpgDSC_0162.JPGThe terrace has decorated interactive sitting space .                                                                             DSC_0076.JPGThis space which exists near the main gate was created for movement of horse chariots.DSC_0269View of the city from the top of the Park Sagrada Familia in the background.     https://www.flickr.com/photos/97307329@N08/shares/88KeDw                                                                          The surprising edifices and sculpture which has been made with natural stone ,brick and recycled China tiles unify the concept of utopian landscape .

Sidharth Kumar                                                                                                     sidharthassociate@gmail.com

57 West,Manhattan

It was the Indian Holi Celebration on 48th Street . I went to attend the Holi celebration but somehow I was unable to get the entry ticket. I thought let explore something around. The location was riverfront West Manhatten . After walking  towards north on the riverfront I found 57 West on 57th street the First major project about at the finishing  stage in Manhatten by my favourite Architect Bjarke Ingle.IMG_20160326_143419The View of 57 West a Pyramid shape tower from the South-West 
After two days of the visit of the Neighbourhood Complex, I visited BIG Bajarke Ingle Group office with my classmates. During the Bjarke Ingle office-tour the first project they explained to us was 57th West. 1View from South-West Corner 
The three corner of the building kept low with raising the north corner making a Central Courtyard. It allows maximum Sunlight to the residential units along with the View of the riverfront lawn .IMG_20160326_143753The Green lawn In front of 57th westIMG_20160326_145918Central Courtyard view from lobby
 It is a rental residential complex which has around 700 Residential Units. Lower Floors has supportive common activities space . 8grand entrance and lobby
On entrance there grand lobby is magnificent which interior walls are decorated with stacked bricks which gives a parametric effect.IMG_20160326_150237the double loaded corridor
The flats which run both side of the corridor faces either the Outer environment or the Central courtyard.2West View of the Complex
There is one industrial building at the north-west corner  of the building. The design of the building tried to make a Visual gap.IMG_20160326_144907side view of the complex

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,Manhatten

The third day of my journey brought me to the masterpiece edifice of Manhatten Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.0The museum is located at 5th avenue in between 88th and 89th street facing the Central Park. Designed by Frank Lloyed Wright the Museum cylindrical building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit”. Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 (when an adjoining tower was built) and from 2005 to 2008.14North West View of the Guggenheim Musium16 view from South-West corner of the Guggenheim 3Guggenheim interior showing the spiral ramps with the exhibitions

Wright ascribed a symbolic meaning to the building’s shapes. He explained, “these geometric forms suggest certain human ideas, moods, sentiments – as for instance: the circle, infinity; the triangle, structural unity; the spiral, organic progress; the square, integrity.”

15The click shows the atrium 13.jpg8The sculpture  displayed along the Spiral Corridor. 

 

 

Journey to Dollar Region

Context : Architectural tour

When we visit European cities Euro is the crucial factor to lead your journey around the whole Euro region. The Same concept applies for whole U.S Mega Region which has several Megapolis. That’s why I told it “Journey to Dollar’s region”.

Day 1 :Lower Manhattan

lower Manhatten

My steering tour started from One World Centre. The Path Train brought me to World Trade Centre which functions Basically Basement of  the World Trade centre. Recently constructed Winged Structure Oculus designed by Santiago Calatrava which stand in between One world trade centre and Memorial has stunning beauty.DSC_0024The Oculus structure at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

The Oculus Structure is in finishing phase specially Interior . I will cover the details of the buildings in later post.

After seeing The Oculus structure My camera turned towards The National September 11 Memorial  which is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site along with  the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.DSC_0025 Architect Michel Arad and Landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools.

When i turned back i was standing just behind the One World Trade Centre which has been designed by one of my favourite architect Daniel Libeskind.DSC_0008One World Trade Centre                                                                                                                                                  One World Trade Centre is the mail building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.  It is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. It was little difficult for me to capture whole building with background through my lens so i started walking the surrounding.DSC_0052View from Hudson River FrontDSC_0074One World Trade Centre in background with Riverfront WalkwayDSC_0081One World Trade Centre in background with Riverfront landscape.DSC_0085View from North Side of One World Trade CentreDSC_0054Brooklin Skyline.

Skyline of Manhattan with One World Trade Centre from Jersey City and Brooklyn will be added later.