Social City Beta

project copyrights: TD
collaborators: Theo Deutinger, Liam Cooke
TD, commissioned by droog, developed "Social City Beta". A first proposal for a future city based on all the dreams and desires of city dwellers worldwide taken from an extensive poll of the socialcities.org platform.
Social City Beta is a mock-up. Social City Beta is a dreamland, a playful urban setting with endless possibilities. The aim is to spark the discussion between the experts and the citizens about the future of our cities. Some interpretations are intentionally over the top, however nothing within its realm is truly impossible. With the use of already existing technology, advanced engineering and people's imagination such a city can become reality. 
Before Social City Beta, TD also produced a forward-looking model of a building block that satisfies the desires of all Social Citizens, as part of the Social City exhibition at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2015.
Imagine how your house in Social City would look like. The data generated by the online platform Social City do not only spark research and dialogue, but also will have to result in design solutions: building stones for the future city. The challenge is to combine all different desires in one city model. TD did the first exercise, which is based on one of the questions in the quiz:  how would your house in Social City look like? So far it turns out that most people want to live in a tree hut, a building block or a detached house. But there are also quite a few people who would like to live in a house boat or a mobile home and there are even people who do not want a house at all. TreeHouseWaterBoatAppartmentHammockTower is a free interpretation of this diversity of desires, illustrated in a condensed example for one building block. It is no science fiction, but actually tested on technical feasibility.

TreeHouseWaterBoatAppartmentHammockTower

"Social City" exhibition, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture 2015

"Social City" exhibition, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture 2015

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