Scroll down to continue
Scroll up to continue

Socio-Technical City of the Future

Socio-Technical City of the Future

The Hague, Netherlands, 2018

The Socio-Technical City is a new urban vision for the ‘Central Innovation District’ (CID) square kilometer test site in The Hague. Our concept for the Socio-Technical City answers two of the biggest challenges facing cities - urbanisation and sustainability. How can an area like the CID, despite extremely high density in the future, become self-sufficient and energy-neutral? What does such an urban district look like? And how can we connect the required technology with the people who live and work there? In our future vision, The CID, which is triangulated by The Hague Central Station and two nearby stations, becomes a green, self-sufficient double-layered district, where a new urban layer of housing, offices, urban mobility and park-like public space is created over the existing train track infrastructure. The CID, having three intercity stations within walking distance of each other, presents an unprecedented opportunity to become Metropolitan Superhub; a system of closely linked terminals, comparable in size to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Gateways : catalysts for encounter and innovation

With the elevated urban layer covering the existing railway tracks, our urban vision addresses the major transitional issues of our time through the creation of 'gateways': physical architectural interventions that create practical solutions to energy, circularity, mobility, climate adaptation, water management and food production. This series of gateways work to supply local low rise houses with geothermal energy, high rise buildings with solar power, create urban irrigation systems, and use and reuse water to supply local water features and produce drinking water. While having a practical function, the gateways also have a social purpose, becoming bridges that connect neighbourhoods, community gardens, urban farms, co-working spaces and start up spaces. In this way, the Socio-Technical City bridges the gap between infrastructure and technology on the one hand, and quality of life and social well-being on the other.