Desert City: a way to live in the desert

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Desert City is a project proposal for a sustainable way of living in the desert by architectural firm Luca Curci. The project was born out of the interpretation of a border concept, conceived not only as a line that divides two places but, at the same time, as a conjunction point between private and public space. The project aims to create a lifestyle characterized by energy saving, streamlining of resources, respect of nature, and human relationship enhancement. It proposes a community based on new characteristics and social identities, a socio-economic model aiming cooperation and interhuman participation.

The project plan is made of a series of identity places with symbiotic interconnections between them that create an organic and articulated system. The identity places can be divided in three macro-architectural types, different in dimension, function, and inhabitants. Each identity place is developed following residential and architectural solutions that respect the environment’s tradition, climatic conditions, and resources.

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The three kinds of identity spaces models are different in dimensions and functions. The little ones can host houses for one or two families, little communities with a maximum of five families. The middle size structures can host facilities such us research centers, cultural centers, administrative, and service centers. The bigger buildings can host more complex communities with a population of 2.000 to 5.000 inhabitants and their jobs, and cultural and social facilities.

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Desert City is an aggregation of communities that aims to reach social development respecting the resources and characteristics of the environment in which they live. The buildings will be made by natural eco-compatible materials from the surrounding areas.

Furthermore the project aims to optimize the use of the desert’s elements, sun and wind for energy supply. There will be a sustainable water consumption due to the reuse of waste water, rainwater recovery, and production of drinking water desalinated with solar energy. Waste will be reused by recycling and composting.

According the architect Luca Curci, Desert City is a reflection on the possible new ways of social and economic organizations, a vision about a future we are already living.


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