28 august – 23 november 2011
Heliopolis is a superdense area where 130.000 people per km2 live. The population of Heliopolis is still today growing, with about 22 new people/day. The biggest issue preventing access to adequate urban housing in Heliopolis is hence the high demand on housing and a low supply of a good quality living environment is. The question is, how and where are these people going to be accommodated? I believe, that super density like that of Heliopolis, is not necessarily a realm connoted with an amount of people living on a certain area. We should rethink the term density and study it from qualitative point of view. Especially now, with an increasing attention and importance of urbanization in the twenty-first century, density should be rediscovered and analyzed in qualitative terms. Because there is a lot of domestic overlap of activities in dwellings (concentrated in the ‘active’ areas of the house such as the living room, kitchen, workshop, etc.), I proposes to share these spaces with two families. In this way not only multi-functional and multi-user places are fostered, but new spaces for incoming inhabitants of Heliopolis are created.
This project, together with other 10 selected student projects from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, will be exhibited during the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). The exhibition will open on April 19th, 2012 under the name Smart Cities – Parallel Cases 2.