‘Dense, three-dimensional city’ proposed for Boston harbour

January 18, 2010

An ambitious mega-structure designed to house 15,000 people has been proposed for Boston harbour.

A US architect has designed a sustainable mega-structure that would house 15,000 people, allowing Boston to expand its population without impacting the existing fabric of the city.

Called the BoA, or Boston Arcology, the concept has been designed by Kevin Schopfer, from Boston-based Ahearn Schopfer. The firm describes arcology as a combination of architecture and ecology, embracing sustainability, conservation and population. They are investigating new urban planning “through a radical reorganisation of city planning which shifts from rampant urban sprawl to the formation of dense integrated three dimensional cities”.

The concept includes hotels, offices, retail spaces, museums, condominiums and a new city hall – and the ctructure would be completely pedestrianised. Jutting out from the harbour, the designs show towers criss-crossing inside the outer frame. The structure would be located on a buoyant platform of concrete cells.

The structure would be LEED certified, with renewable energy harvested by wind turbines, solar panels and water turbines located in the harbour. Schopfer’s design also incorporates ‘sky gardens’ at 30-floor intervals to act as public squares.

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