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Dror Benshetrit's Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

by , 10/01/12

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Dror Benshetrit has a a vision for a new type of city – one that incorporates private residences with commercial spaces and parks. His project is dubbed HavvAda, and it’s a man-made island that would support 300,000 people near Istanbul. The community would be laid out over 6 large hills supported by geodesic domes that house commercial spaces on the inside and neighborhoods on the exterior. Each hill would form a “micro-climate” with valleys intended for natural recreation areas. The island’s layout would focus less on the 2D model associated that most urban centers, and shift towards a 3-dimensional arrangement, allowing buildings to wrap around the landscape. This way, the structures could share infrastructure and support one another.

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