THE USE CASES

As stated in the project description, this project relies upon the application of its draft versions of the tools in real-life representative scenarios in order to verify the applicability of the tools.

A selection of the scenarios chosen as case studies to date are provided below:

Mercato, Bologna, Italy

Water Haven, Bilberry, Waterford City, Ireland

London Bridge Quarter, Southwark, London, UK

North Harbor, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Mercato, Bologna, Italy

Mercato, Bologna, Italy

The Mercato urban project, in central Bologna, is the development of a whole new neighborhood with a mix of both residential and commercial areas. It is placed at the former fruit and vegetable market plus 30 hectares extension. The aim is to develop a neighborhood with a high urban density because of its proximity to the central station and the old town. The area has a significant strategic value due to the presence of public real estate properties which are going to be employed for the support of urban redevelopment actions.

Besides the residential and commercial areas, it includes an urban park, the new residence of the Municipality of Bologna as well as local institutions providing services to the local residents. Such innovative changes have been conceived as the urbanistic conditions for re-qualifying and renewing a long abandoned area.

Case Study Selection Criteria:
The Mercato case study represents a scale that is very common for many housing projects in larger and midsize town developments. Furthermore it is placed close to vital infrastructure elements which are also very relevant in connection with the test of the VITRUV tools. The high detail level of the masterplan will therefore differentiate the project from some of the other case study projects.

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Water Haven, Bilberry, Waterford City, Ireland

Water Haven, Bilberry, Waterford City, Ireland

The Waterhaven project is a private development scheme (The Bolster Group) of a proposal for a large scale (13-acre site), mixed-use urban quarter scheme (€380 million) on lands at the River Suir, Bilberry, Waterford City. Known as ‘Water Haven’, the scheme was designed for the redevelopment of a brownfield (former iron foundry site). Most prominently, the project features an iconic 119-metre, 32-storey building with 22 floors of apartment above 10 floors of offices. Other notable aspects include a 15-storey, 156-bedroom hotel with conference center, underground parking, restaurants, smaller office units, duplex apartments, a state-of-the-art leisure/fitness centre, marina and river walk. An extension to the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway is also provided for.

Case Study Selection Criteria:
The scheme was selected as an appropriate case study for preliminary testing of the VITRUV tools. In regards to its relatively contained nature coupled with the good mix of uses within a defined site. In addition, the availability of a comprehensive repository of project-specific information (courtesy of the developer, Bolster Group via VITRUV partner DHP), will facilitate the VITRUV consortium over the course of the project.

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London Bridge Quarter, Southwark, London, UK

London Bridge Quarter, Southwark, London, UK

The case study area in London is defined by the public space around the skyscraper “The Shard” (310 m tall) and the high rise “The Place”(17story, 40 ,000 square meters). Both buildings are brand new and a part of a re-development scheme of the area west of London Bridge Station and the new station itself. The area is also known as the London Bridge Quarter. The main function of this public realm is a large bus station, entrance to London Bridge Station that connects the bus network with the subway and regional train networks and entrances to the Shard and The Place. The London Bridge Station is one of London’s 5 main stations with around 54 million passengers a year.

Case Study Selection Criteria:
This public area is densely populated and surrounded by new and old buildings that represent a massive human and economic value gathered in a very small space. Therefore this case study represents an area that obviously needs to pay attention to extremely important security and resilience issues. The London Bridge Quarter case study represents a modern metropolitan area with a high density of people and properties. Furthermore this test case development is in close relation with an existing urban context, in the very centre of one of Europe’s major cities.

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North Harbor, Copenhagen, Denmark

North Harbor, Copenhagen, Denmark

The case study used in VITRUV is the competition entry that Mikkelsen Arkitekter A/S submitted in 2009 as a response to the public competition issued by Copenhagen City and Port Development. The aim of the competition was to develop one of the most ambitious metropolitan areas in Scandinavia for years to come. North Harbor is a 200-hectare area currently used for a number of harbor-related activities and will house 40,000 people in the end. It is an extensively used area whose piers, canals, harbor basins and location next to Øresund offer a unique potential for developing a completely new city district full of life and with a special soul, character and identity. North Harbor has a central location in Copenhagen and thus in the Øresund region.

Case Study Selection Criteria:
In relation to VITRUV the project of the North Harbor represents a typical large scale urban development project at a detail level of a competition brief. This will be very relevant in the testing of the VITRUV tools, which is also thought to be used on urban development schemes at an early stage.

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