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Aedas Chairman Keith Griffiths:The surprise of the modern living city

2015-12-30 09:46:36   Source:ARCHINA

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AR:In the speech of TEDFuxingPark , you mentioned the city have to change to according to the new demand with people’s life is changing .What’s your opinion about the tendency of the future development of the city?

Keith Griffiths:
While our entire lives have become faster and more convenient, our cities are having a hard time adapting to our new demands for flexibility, variety and convenience.

With the continuous emergence of technologies, city dwellers are demanding for increasing vibrancy, efficiency and connectivity. While we enjoy living in the cities because there are many choices of job, entertainment, housing and community, different people have different priorities and choices of lifestyles. The future cities will adapt and accommodate our needs. I predict that the future cities of China will have new high-density city hubs that alleviate pressure on the CBD. People who choose to live in these convenient city hubs will live, work and recreate within short distances of work and home thus reducing traffic, pollution and time wasted on travel. The land outside the city hubs, on the other hand, will be developed into lower density residential communities with parks, community centres and educational facilities for families.

This mix of different building types required by the new city hubs already exists in our cities – mixed-use complexes, SOHO, loft, elevated parks, public rooftops, but we need to develop live-work-recreate developments in areas of high connectivity across the city. With public spaces at multiple levels, elevated parks and bridge links as connectors, we are going to create exciting three-dimensional, connected spaces where people can enjoy all the happy choices and serendipity of a modern city life.
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AR:Intelligent transportation that you refer to is a part of the smart city , and everyone is talking about the smart city, what else elements is necessary do you think on building the smart city?

Keith Griffiths:
A smart city should be a high-density, buzzy, ultra connected and IT generation hub. Firstly it should be a well designed city that takes account of different cultures, lifestyles and accommodates all the different requirements of our citizens. One size does not fit all. Our cities will be more efficient and compact and sustainable if we take proper account of the bed and different needs of the 21st century IT generation citizen. We are still designing for a 20th century citizen and this is inefficient. The new city will contain all the buildings and functions for our new urban lifestyle that people can walk or take short trips on public transportation, resulting in a clean and convenient sustainable city hub.
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AR:You mentioned that most architectures is same,the building should be built based on different requirements,but you know, China is in a large population and great demands. How to work on it?On account of different national conditions, how to achieve the transformation of the city under the diverse policy and culture in your opinion?

Keith Griffiths:
China is entering a period of more considered and sophisticated planning and construction. The scope and scale of design work we carry out for China is huge and varied and is dealing with massive shifts in lifestyle and work methods at the same time as dealing with the growth of these enormous China metropolises. It is important to understand and respect the social and cultural needs of the local community we are designing for.

In fact, the social and environmental differences of different cultures and communities are what we have a fascination and a high regard for. These differences have been cultivated over many years and are the reason that the world is unique and exciting to experience. If we first seek to understand the social and cultural nuances of the communities we design for, we will be able to produce great and diverse designs that are tailored to the needs of communities around the world.
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AR:On the global scale,Aedas is one of the best in the architectural industry,and how Aedas develop in the future to make the goals come true?

Keith Griffiths:
Aedas aims to create world-class bespoke design solutions that are tailored to the needs of communities around the world. In the future, we will continue to leverage on our global network of design experts to create bespoke buildings to the communities we are designing for. In view of the One Belt One Road initiative proposed by President Xi, I believe that in the next decade Aedas will be deeply involved in creating new sustainable cities and infrastructure in China and cities along One Belt One Road.

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