DecoCity | Urban Design

DecoCity | Urban Design

One the edge of Chengdu, BrentThompson Architects is creating a concept for uniquely engaging riverfront new city. The Client’s program called for a thoroughly Art DecoCity and BTA has thoroughly researched the best examples of the style. DecoCity celebrates the Deco movement.

BTA focused on two planning of our urban planning principles, quality of life and unique identity. With its active city center, parks and gathering places, places that laud nature and extol sport and radial arrangement of canals and pedestrian pathways, DecoCity celebrates living.

DecoCity’s unique identity goes beyond style. From the “Rising Sun” form determinate suggestive of China’s place in the world, to formal Deco geometry, and typically Deco skyline, DecoCity redefines urban branding.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

The two primary goals for a truly sustainable city are, without question, quality lifestyle and identity. Why? When one puts political agendas aside, it is obvious that the single largest commitment of environmental resources required of a city is the construction of the city itself. A city that is loved, that people enjoy living in and are proud to call home is a city that will remain intact for generations.

Ironically, cities and the structures they are made of are typically awarded sustainability points for the ease of which they can be recycled. We believe that this is a fallacy. We wonder why a well designed city should have reason to be recycled. Searching the annals of history, we are aware of no city that provided quality of life, no city that made its residents proud, that was subsequently subjected to the rigors of recycling. Not, in any event, without the help of an invading enemy army!

This is not to say that we reject all the principles of sustainable city design. We simply find most redundant. Why is it necessary, for example, to award points based on transport? Moving people easily, effectively and pleasantly through a city has always been a major goal for planners (except, perhaps, during medieval times, when it was a greater concern to make it difficult for invaders to navigate city streets then for residents to easily move around).

A city that forces its residents to remain immobile or sit in traffic is not a city that provides quality of life. A city that makes circulation pleasant does, however, provide an enviable lifestyle. Should not the desire to create pleasant strolls and easy commutes be of paramount priority for the urban planner? Is not the process of awarding points for public transport directed more specifically to special interest lobbies than to those who will call a city their home?

We reject the notion of designing based on checklists created by academia and special interests. We favor cities designed for people. We reject the notion that people will work to preserve their city because of the ease of which it can be recycled. Instead, we seek to create places that capture the hearts of inhabitants.

A people proud of a city will maintain and preserve it, making sure the precious natural resources invested in its creation will benefit generations to come.

LOCATION: Chengdu, China
SIZE: 7,630,000 SF [709,000 M2]

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