The Permeable City



Name: Omar Abdel Moneim Salama

Nationality: Egyptian

Institution / Company: MSA University




-EDITORIAL PICK of Community 2050 Competition | Category: Professional


Everything has changed, the world is constantly in a limitless interchangeable state. In the light of expected future citizens’ growth and possible city overpopulation according to UN; thus, cities are obliged to be prepared to accommodate the ongoing increase of residents. By the year 2050, life on earth will change as we know it; consequently, the need for growing new cohabiting sustainable urban cities rises with regard to the constraints of climatic challenges and the recreation of a local community. However, redesigning Shenzhen City is not just about inhabitation, it’s also about sustaining their socio-economical needs whilst reserving their culture, health and well-being. Since Shenzhen is known for its commercial stand point the Permeable City fosters the same mindset by recreating the notion of an enriching economic city. The main attraction of the urban plan will stand as the source of life which houses startups ,small businesses and all innovations of the new world ;thus, introducing a new approach to the openness of an economic society.

The proposed concept of design collectively reawakens the Innovative ecosystem where the main aim is to contrast the monotonous existing urban fabric; thereby, stimulating the residents’ behavior and encouraging a community of innovators and corporations in an interconnected system. From seasons changing to centuries passing by, safety, resilience, and ecology are crucial and always have to be replenished referring to “The cycle of life” which is represented at the center of the urban plan. The workflow emerging from the center acts as the heart of the commercial plaza. By designing a fluid-like axis starting from the west passing through “The cycle of life” which holds diverse zones for social activities, events, workspaces, and open offices, all enclosed by buildings of various heights. 

Narrowing the pedestrian’s cone of vision by enclosing it on the Shenzhen One Tower, gives off a sensation of greatness and power recreated in the skyline.

Designed next to the Shenzhen One Tower is the artificial lake which signifies the destination of the Main pedestrian pathway and give wholeness to the fluidity of the urban fabric.


The Permeable City tackles 5 main innovative approaches of design:


The environmental sustainability approach: The organic form of the urban plan merges between the landscape and the buildings. The main natural elements taken from the existing Shenzhen plan are the park and the river which both play in the fluid like design of the permeable city. Merging between the indoor and outdoor natural experience blurs out the boundaries of buildings and therefore stimulates the users by enhancing their workspace psychology.


The resilience approach: With the intention of creating an urban city that will consistently face climatic challenges and more specifically constant flooding, the urban fabric of (name of project) is designed in a mesh-like form that is guided by the principles of the law of buoyancy. Each cluster of buildings lays on a platform that allows the incoming water to pass through; moreover,

the porosity of the urban grid enables any buoyant force exerted on a platform immersed in water, equal to the amount of water the platform displaces. This mechanism maintains the cluster’s stability and enables the use of the excessive water flow in a sustainable manner by using the extensive flow as a source energy and vegetation.


At the end the, city is life and a well-planned city makes a happy, comfortable life. Cities are the weapons to fight disasters and could be the heaven that minimizes the gap between imagination and reality.


# porosity #disaster_control #openness #Future_communities #leap_into_the_future #fluidity #economy #ecology_repair

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