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Desert Cities

Luca Curci architects

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Project Description

Luca Curci architects studio presents Desert City, a project proposal for a sustainable way to live the desert. The project was born from the interpretation of border’s concept, conceived not only as a line which divides 2 places but, at the same time, as a conjunction point between private and public space. The project aims to create a lifestyle characterized by energy saving, resources streamlining, respect of nature and human relationship enhance. It proposes a community based on new characteristics and social identities, a social-economic model aimed to cooperation and people participation. Sustainable Communities.

The project-plane is made by a series of identity-places with symbiotic interconnections among them which create an organic and articulated system. The identity-places can be divided in 3 macro architectural types, different for dimension, function and inhabitants. Each identity-place is developed following residential and architectural solutions which respect the environment’s tradition, climatic condition and resources.

The 3 kinds of identity-spaces models are different for dimensions and functions: the little ones can host houses for 1 or 2 families, little communities with a maximum of 5 families; the middle size structures can host facilities such us research centres, cultural centres, administrative and service centres. The bigger buildings can host more complex communities with a population of 2.000/5.000 inhabitants and all their needed job, cultural and social facilities.

Desert City is an aggregation of communities which aim to reach a social development respecting the resources and characteristics of environment in which they live. The buildings will be made by natural eco-compatible materials from the surrounded area of construction.

Furthermore the project aims to optimize the use of desert’s elements, sun and wind, for energy supply. There will be a sustainable water consumption thanks to the reuse of waste water, rainwater recovery and production of drinking water desalinated with solar energy. Waste will be reused by recycling and composting.

Desert City is a reflection about the possible new ways of social and economic organizations. A vision. About a future we are already living.
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