Blur City

A blur block is a new place of human habitation; a link, a three dimensional structure and a spatial interaction while the cube concentrated  super intense density of urban condition. A blur block is also a platform, a place of de-prioritization network occurs in varied scale. Existing typical block, no zoning, set back, plaza and podium. those are basic unit that has linear relationship between the programs and also, public were not allow to access into the typical block.

Gathering of unit blocks shows prototype that can then be repeated multiple times in any conditions. Dimension of one blur block is 100m x 100m. 100m are defined as a minimum size of block where has a boundary as an one neighbor in a sense of human scale. This dimension of block has more place of intersection and interaction than existing block size. Also it will give more architectural urban experience. By supplementing the horizontal plane with a vertical infrastructure single cube can create an entirely new axis for private and public life, filled with prototypes for a new urban vision. Blurred boundary can be exploited to actually re-adapt to existing condition and create new context for the city.

This creates the means for an blurry and 3-dimensional spatial relationship, where the city-scape can evolve with rich programmatic density or where need a new fabric for city-scape. Blurred boundary can be exploited to repeat or insert, with its public elements, called major and share. for example, gym, concert hall, art gallery, library, station, stage, swimming pool, urban farm, theater, play ground, museum, markets and exercise platform. 

These public amenities are essential for a sustainable urban habitat. The truly ‘3-dimensional city’ unveils the programmatic potential of the urban environment, able to respond to the various environmental, social, and economic conditions that constitute the city. In this sense, ‘mega blur block’ aim to create an urban identity that will result not in any one vision, but rather in an accumulation of activities, spaces, and urban life.

Architect : GEBDEISGN., Chang Kyu Lee

Location: Wuqing, China / New York, United States of America

Client: Wuqing Development Department

Program: Mixed Use + Station

Site Area: 1,720,000sqft

Status: Academic Work

Year: 2015