Describing and illustrating more than 10 years of master planning and urban design in South East Asia and other Asian Countries is not an easy operation, especially in a “portfolio” format.
Nevertheless, I can point out few main issues that we (as a team) have always faced during any master plan design, especially in a problematic context of a developing country.
Local context (integration)
New urban developments are designed seeking the integration between the new functions and infrastructure and the existing morphology, characteristics and history of the land and the places of the local context. The integration with the local context is achieved through landscape design, zoning and functions, identity of the places, water connections, urban morphologies and densities, infrastructure connections and urban perspectives.
Time (lack of it)
As we work for private developments, time is everything. Design teams must deliver their concept plans in few days, maximizing efficiency and speed without sacrificing the quality of the master plan. Progress of technology allow us to use superfast rendering processes and animation software to deliver the maximum level of information in a shortest time available.
Density (Vs green and public space)
Density or maximizing the GFA (gross floor area) is the main dictate of the private developer. While achieving this essential goal, master plan design teams must create places for people, green areas, squares, water corridors and natural landscape connections.
Water (or need for landscape and sustainability)
The integration with the natural landscape and the enhancement of it is the essential components of our master plan design experience.Rivers, lakes, ponds, marine environment, are one of the strategic natural element of South East Asia that can encourage great master plan and landscape design giving life and quality to private and public developments.