Professor of architecture schools – École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Malaquais (France).
Professor of École nationale des ponts et chaussées (Paris, France).
Head of laboratoyr Geometry, Structure, Architecture (GSA), ENSA Paris-Malaquais.
Civil Engineer R&D consulting.
18:00 Cultural Hall Herceg Stjepan Kosaca
Day three, Friday 06 October 2017
Costs and good policies for the development of a sustainable city are tightly
linked, especially in dense areas, but a home can be separated from most of
the elements that make it costly, by including them into a collective—perhaps
The idea put forward is the creation of a network of urban vertical infrastructures,
called ‘hubs’, designed to convert and manage energy, to collect and
handle food losses, wastes, and rainwaters, to control air and create comfort, to
link people to each other on their living site and to the rest of the city. Each hub
has several ‘ports’ where ‘capsules’, are plugged. Each capsule is a house, but
possibly also a different place to work, study, or enjoy, that can be designed to
be energetically efficient, economically accessible, modular, and movable. The
‘plug’, obeying a standard, is the place of all the energetic and material exchanges
between the capsule and the hub, which can thus be controlled by the
user and by the community. Standardisation of the plugs makes capsules movable
from hub to hub, within a network extended to several places around the
city and in the country.
Both capsule and hub need not be the issue of a single project. A diversified
offer for both should naturally appear on a market that will only be constrained
by the standardisation of plugs. Hence, hubs can be the answer to the needs
expressed by different real estate developers, reflected into different rental conditions,
and capsules can accommodate everyone’s needs and affordability. If
the hub can be compared with the well-known communicating device, the plugand-
port system linking capsules into hubs can be seen as a USB port, allowing
many different devices to communicate and get or supply power.
Liv-Lib’, a pavillon built at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, was based on
these ideas and will give here a useful example.