Landscape architecture, Urban design, Kangasala, Finland
View from the highway
Location and distances
Density and variation
Entrance blocks with mixed use
Central area around the square
Creating community for housing areas
Low density areas
Green corridors form network for people and animals
How to situate an area of relatively low density into a very delicate natural setting and to maintain the ecosystem? How to connect the area to the existing railway in order to promote public transportation instead of cars? Is there a way to prevent anonymous urban sprawl and create characteristic neighborhoods instead?
The city structure is adjusted to the landscape, while maintaining the places of significant natural values, such as, the flying squirrel nesting grounds, key biotopes and ridges. The basic idea is to interweave green areas and urban structure in order to enable the continuity of green spaces and people's movement to the area center. This enables the future railroad connection and reduces area's dependency on private cars.
Diversity is reached through variation in the housing typologies and scales. Each neighborhood has a small central square or park. Each of them has unique program, which combines housing, communal facilities and work space.