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CONCRETE JUNGLE – Reinterpreting the “Concrete Jungle” as a presence in urban design.


Name: Cornelissen, Brynn

Instagram: @brynn_cornelissen

Nationality: South African

Institution / Company: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Reimagining the “concrete jungle” as a harmonious blend of urbanity and nature, we propose an innovative approach that marries architecture with the living environment through biophilic design principles. This reinterpretation envisions urban spaces as ecosystems where buildings are not mere structures but vital components of a larger, interconnected habitat. By integrating rooftop gardens and green spaces into the architectural fabric, we cultivate biodiversity amidst concrete, transforming urban landscapes into thriving natural havens.

Biophilic design recognizes humanity’s innate affinity for nature, embedding natural elements within architectural forms to create environments that promote well-being and sustainability. Through the strategic use of rooftop gardens, we not only enhance urban biodiversity but also mitigate the environmental impacts of urbanization, such as the heat island effect and air pollution. These green oases serve as sanctuaries of tranquillity, offering respite from the urban hustle and promoting mindfulness and meditation.

The psychological and physiological benefits of this integration are profound, particularly for the working individual. Natural environments have been shown to lower stress levels, improve mood, and enhance cognitive function. In an urban context, where nature is often scarce, the presence of accessible green spaces can significantly impact mental health and productivity. By fostering environments that encourage mindfulness and meditation, we empower individuals to cultivate a deeper connection with their surroundings and themselves, enhancing overall well-being.

Furthermore, this biophilic reinterpretation of urban spaces fosters a sense of community and connectedness, not only among individuals but also between humanity and the natural world. It challenges the traditional perception of cities as dense, oppressive environments, offering instead a vision of urban spaces as vibrant ecosystems where life thrives in harmony with architecture.

In conclusion, by redefining the “concrete jungle” through the lens of biophilic design, we not only enhance the aesthetic and functional aspects of urban environments but also contribute to the physical and mental well-being of its inhabitants. This approach heralds a new era of urban design, where cities are not only liveable but life-enhancing spaces that nurture the human spirit alongside nature’s bounty.

Jury Comments

  • The proposal is a attractive solution to green our cities and create communal spaces. However, there could have been more focus on the individual user that is seeking a quiet private place to contemplate. -Olav Bruin


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