Maxthreads’ proposal for developing the Kaohsiung Port station in Taiwan explores the principles of sustainable urban planning by introducing urban agriculture farming to the city of Kaohsiung and existing old town Yen Chan district. The aim of the masterplan proposal is to strengthen a sense of community and environmental responsibility.
The design uses the historical train track pattern as the starting point for the infrastructure. It combines living, working and leisure and balances the civic and natural space of the city. A series of historically integrated parks intertwine with the built space. The focus is on keeping as much of the old town as possible in order to impart a sense of history and Kaohsiung’s transformation from an old industrial city to a city of the modern times. Kaohsiung’s existing plan is based on gridded planning. In this plan the city is divided into various blocks where the roads cut each other in a rectangular fashion. The railway line lying on the edge of the city creates some sort of a boundary which demarcates the city limits from the adjoining Wan Shu Mountain.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.