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NAUTA Architecture Lecture: Business and Technology Parks

2014.01.14


Business and Technology Parks
--A critical research study for the development of the sustainable urban districts of the future

Time: 14:00, 26th January
Lecturer: Maurizio Scarciglia (Architect Director of NAUTA Architecture & Research, Rotterdam)
Venue: Auditorium of Venue A-Value Factory

Introduction:


NAUTA architecture & research is invited to organize a workshop-debate during the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture(Shenzhen), on January 25th-26th 2014.


In the last 2 years NAUTA has developed a method for the strategic re-use of the vacant office buildings in the European market. The methodology of the ‘Palazzi of Rotteram’ project could be applied in any country that, either currently or in the future, might be subject shrinking or vacancy problems. It is not unrealistic to imagine that the boom of construction in China, with large investments in office buildings, might open the future question of transforming those buildings into new multifunctional complexes.


Two years ago NAUTA has been invited to design the Zhuzhou Digital and Technology park, an office complex in Zhuzhou City which, according to the commissioned brief, should plan 80% of its new built area for office space. NAUTA researched the reasons to reduce the office space to 50%, making sure that the rest of the available surface would provide all necessary functions, such as housing, services, public facilities, school, sports, necessary to make the 40Ha development self sustainable and successful on the long term.


According to our studies, several Chinese business parks are currently developed with a percentage of office up to 90%.What is the long term destiny of those satellite office cities? What would happen if new real estate scenarios or simply a temporary collapse of the market would empty those properties, with the consequent dilemma of how to re-use them?


While in Europe ‘Palazzi of Rotterdam’ is a tool to clinically solve the complex process of re-using vacant office buildings, in China the same research works as an ‘alarm call’, in order to develop new responsible projects, valuable through time. Such projects, if well planned, could help reduce urban pollution, avoiding the demolishment of potential vacant properties and extending their life cycle by transforming them into new hybrid functions.

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