Five Principles for A Differential Urbanism Studio Leaders: Peter Zellner, David Bergman School or Institution: Southern California Institute of Architecture Country: USA Website: www.sciarc.edu 1. Studio Leader Biography Peter Zellner, Principal and Founder of ZELLNERPLUS, an award winning architectural design firm located in Venice, California. Zellner has been recognized as an emerging architectural voice in publications such as Domus, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Zellner holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University (1999) and a Bachelor of Architecture from with First Class Honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1993). Zellner is a Faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he began teaching in 1999. He has held Visiting Professorships in Architecture at UC Berkeley, FIU, the University of Southern California, the ESA in Paris, the Institut für Städtebau und Raumplanung in Innsbruck, Austria and RMIT University in Australia. David Bergman, principal of MR+E, a Los Angeles based firm focused on economic
analysis related to urban planning. He has participated in a broad range of economic development and planning projects. In particular, he has worked intensively on issues surrounding the formation of urban and regional development strategies. His work at SCI-Arc focuses on project implementation and urban scale issues. Bergman’s practice has centred on community plan economics and land use, he provides the program with a foundation in planning and project implementation based on his work in Southern California and internationally. 2. School SCI-Arc is a centre of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future, SCI-Arc is located in a quarter-mile long former freight depot in the downtown artist’s district in Los Angeles. SCI-Arc is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, providing students with a uniquely inspiring environment in which to study Architecture. An integral part of the emerging cultural hub of a city with a tradition of architectural experimentation, the school is devoted to finding radically new responses to the needs and aspirations of today’s world
3. Studio description This project creates a framework for growth and development in Maribor over the next 50 years. It’s based on the vision that integrates the city into a broader European context while retaining a unique identity as a progressive and distinctly Slovenian city. The plan leverages the city’s geography along with critical assets such as its University, the city’s historic core, and the agricultural and mountainous landscapes to create an amenity driven growth strategy. This is accomplished by addressing five critical issues related to urban form:
to improve mobility and urban form by increasing street connections.
1) Conserve land - the plan seeks to direct growth in to compact and contiguous areas in order to prevent unmanaged sprawl.
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2) Maximize existing infrastructure - the use of existing infrastructure can serve as a framework to support future development. 3) Focus on the River - at present Maribor’s urban waterfront is underdeveloped, this plan seeks to transform river adjacent land uses, which are now largely industrial and infrastructure, into community amenities. 4) Increase connectivity - presently Maribor is fragmented with areas produced in different time periods disconnected from one another. The plan seeks
5)nImprove non-motorized transportation - this plan envisions a city in which pedestrian and bicycle transportation can predominate. These five principles, when fully implemented, can create a highly amenitized public realm that will produce a distinctive city. By producing a highquality community Maribor will be able to attract growth and development in a manner that reinforces its character and specific sense of place.
MARIBOR: FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR A DIFFERENTIAL URBANISM This project represents a comprehensive vision to manage growth and development in Maribor over the next 50 years. Our vision for Maribor is for it to be integrated fully into the European context, as a distinctly Slovenian city. The plan results in a framework for amenity driven development. Projected Start: 2012 Projected End: 2062 Category: Knowledge, Technology, Transportation
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