Inhabitable Urban Forest
Inhabitable Urban Forest is a site-specific urban design project in response to the competition brief for a zero-carbon neighbourhood in Munich as a candidate city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2018. The projects starts by revolving around existing trees, considered pioneers of occupation of the site. Natural trees are interspersed with ‘artificial trees’: the buidlings. In between, there are clearings, which establish a cultural relationships to the surroundings and outline building mass distribution.
Following the idea that trees bring people and cultures together, forest and city are blended. The Inhabitable Urban Forest is a real forest and a metaphorical‐forest, a spatial city. The trees evolve in time through growth and seasonal change, altering the urban space, its morphology and performing territorial strategies. Urban life unfolds in the ‘subcanopy’, ‘canopy’ and ‘supracanopy’. On the ground level, the canal is deviated through the site with an undulating design, structuring different zones of occupation.