Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

The Anti-Isolationist Tower
2006, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
“When urban buildings do not interact, the city becomes much like a social gathering of humans with no one wishing to make a conversation.”
                                                                                      -  William Pederson (Kohn Pederson Fox), 2004

Drawing on the success of the ‘Pavements in the Sky’ project of the previous academic year, this project sets a similar challenge but now in the existing high-rise context of Canary Wharf. Assuming a date in the future and a push for a greater urban density, the programmatic brief requires the creation of a ‘new urban vision’, consisting of a series of new towers, linked into a skybridge network with the existing towers of Canary Wharf.

The project, this year conducted in groups of 2 or 3 students, required collaborative working within and across the groups to realise the vision. Through the nature of connection and collaboration then, the intention was to create a cluster of ‘anti-isolationist’ towers. Building programmes were derived directly from site study and research, with the majority of the towers looking to enrich the overtly commercial area through residential provision. The normal system of weekly tutorials and
design reviews were supplemented with fieldtrips to London and Manchester’s Beetham Tower under construction.

Design Reviews
Beetham Tower Visit


 
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New Urban Vision
 
The Anti-Isolationist Tower project is set in the future and assumes a push for a higher urban density in the Canary Wharf / Docklands area of London.

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VerticalFarm  

Vertical Farm
Paul Foster & Darran Oxley

 
A number of concepts working together create a fantastic proposal for a vertical hydroponic farm.

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Sports

Sports Tower
Patrick Graham & Glyn Lloyd Jones
 
The excitement in this design response is generated from the cross-programming contained.

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VillageGreen  

Village Green
Nicholas Green & Matthew Hayhurst
 
An acknowledgement of the lack of open green space at height within the city results in a podium-and-tower proposal.

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DancingChair  

Dancing Chair
Yang Liu, Qin Pang & Liping Ren
 
The enormity of the current Billinsgate Market site is handled skilfully, with an undulating timber raised ground plane.

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WindTower  

Wind Tower
Yifan Liu, Jin Chuan Wang & Huang Xuan
 
The design solution is inspired by a consideration of the environmental aspects of site.

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Diagonal  

Diagonal
Shanxing Gao & Zhongcheng Duan
 
This project aims not compete in height with other proposals and to introduce a diagonal into the orthogonal urban plan.

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MarinaTower  

Marina Tower
Wenxiao Xu
 
Site studies resulted in a readjustment of site boundary, with the tower ‘floating’ above the marina it creates.

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UrbanFrame  

Urban Frame
Geetha Dhar, Husain Dohadwala & Kuashik Mandal
 
The design response here stems from the urban planning of Canary Wharf by respecting the axial clarity of the No.1 Canada Square tower.

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