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Cities originate from the notion of ‘exchange’. It’s time to ‘exchange’ certain principles to ensure the survival and success of our urban places.

Urban areas flourish from areas of exchange – public squares where people can meet, trading can take place and relationships can develop. These places need to be protected, yet as we continue to build within cities, the spaces between buildings become increasingly compressed and suffocated.

Our proposal exchanges these public areas for the buildings that allow green spaces to rise upwards, developing a three-dimensional negative of the city as a soaring elevated green plane. Connections are direct, the air fresh, the natural light uninterrupted.

This is a network of nature, providing a healthy future for the city, with new opportunities for both personal and professional relationships.