setec bâtiment and Vincent Callebaut outline the city of tomorrow
In January 2016, the general public discovered the Paris Smart City 2050 project conceived by setec bâtiment and architect Vincent Callebaut. This study, developed in the context of a call for proposals by the City of Paris for the Paris Climate and Energy Action Plan, which targets a 75% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, rethinks the city of tomorrow by incorporating the latest positive-energy technological innovations. A meeting with Vincent Callebaut.
What has your architectural response been?
Our work with setec bâtiment illustrates the principles of comfort, management of needs, use of local resources, adaptation to climate change and integration into the Parisian environment. In practical terms, we have designed eight tower block prototypes according to four urban contexts: historic, peripheral, modern and future Paris.
What will be the future of cities, and of Paris in particular?
The “Smart Paris” of tomorrow will generate a new social impetus for transforming the city and improving the quality of life of Parisians through new eco-responsible ways of living. Building high is a response to the chronic housing crisis, and greening by balcony vegetable gardens and community orchards a response to the urban heat island effect of Paris. Our tower blocks would be capable of producing their own electrical, heat and food energy, and the surplus distributed in real time by an energy internet to the old buildings that are difficult to insulate.
Will these green cities be buildable one day?
Setec bâtiment has ensured that our proposals for Paris 2050 are technically feasible. Furthermore, my ecological tower block project Tao Zhu Garden is currently under construction in Taipei (Taiwan). The tower is going to save 35 tons of CO2 emissions per year. In Cairo, Egypt, construction of the multi-use complex The Gate Residence began in Spring 2015. The project targets a 70% reduction in the energy consumption of the 450,000-square-metre building accommodating 1000 apartments.