Chicago Architecture Today - Peter EllisDocument Transcript
CANNON DESIGN AND PETER ELLIS NEW CITIES JOIN FORCES TO ACHIEVE GLOBAL IMPACTALINA HSIEH | CHICAGO | JULY 15, 2012 :: Recently, Cannon Design, an international leadingarchitectural, engineering and planning firm, announced they’re joining forces with Peter Ellis New Cities.Peter Ellis New Cities is one of the few, possibly only, city-design firms which has successfully designed acity and have it built. With many Third World countries rising financially and economically, there has beena sudden shift in population from rural regions to urban areas. This significant pattern of migrationcoupled with the minimal availability of urban communities has resulted in an increased need for thebuilding of dense population centers. Because designing an entire city is a daunting project, many firmsare hesitant to take on such a task and opt to designing only one aspect of the city. However,Cannon Design and Peter Ellis New Cities are not ones to shy away from this challenge. With theirrecent collaboration, and Peter Ellis New Cities now leading Cannon Design’s urban planning and citydesign practice, Cannon Design can further advance their standing as a leading global firm and togethercreate successful cities.
Jaypee Sports CityCurrently Peter Ellis New Cities has been working on Jaypee Sports City, located in New Delhi, India.This city commissioned by Jaypee Group, one of the largest companies in India, is planned for a millionpeople and will spread across 5,000 acres. The vision for this city is to create a continuous and coexistinggreen system. This is achieved with the incorporation of sustainable aspects such as local neighborhoodsewage systems, conversions of sewage to methane gas, and manmade monsoon lakes which togethercan help save up to 50% more water and 20% more electricity. Lake District Tea PavilionA large park also spans across the entire city, connecting local areas and offer an efficient way to collectstorm water. Bike paths as well as a bus system, running only within the park, provide publictransportation and reduce the amount of pollution and traffic on city streets. An advanced subwaysystems is also developed for the city to encourage public transport. Mixed use buildings ranging inheight fill the remainder of the city, with the majority standing 6-8 stories high. To keep people cool fromthe hot India weather, streets and parks are aligned with wind directions to achieve cool air flow anddirect sunlight is made sure to never hit glass on any buildings. Construction on this city has alreadybegun and is set to be completed within the next 15-30 years.In addition to the Jaypee Sports City, Cannon Design has recently been commissioned by the Mongoliangovernment to design a new university fit to inhabitant around 100,000 students. With cold winters andlarge affects from climate change in Mongolia, there are many factors to take into consideration for thisdesign. Aside from projects overseas, Cannon Design with Peter Ellis New Cities also has high hopes forrefreshing American cities. However, unlike Jaypee Sports City that started from scratch, American citiesare already built making it difficult to integrate new systems to better the city and its resources.
Villa Residential DistrictHowever, difficult isn’t impossible and cities such as Chicago, at around 100 years old, are still young andhave room to grow. Chicago, being one of the greatest planned cities, has high potential for growth andalready with great pieces such as the great lake and boulevard just needs stitching together. Otheraspects such as the Chicago water and public transportation systems can also use improvement.All and all, with this recent collaboration it is an exciting time for Cannon Design as they take on this newchallenge of city design. With the firm’s dedication to leading the design industry in creatingenvironments that enhance human culture and quality of life and preserve the environment, manysuccessful cities in America as well as overseas can be anticipated to come.