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BiodiverCity's central island-
The Mangroves-is dedicated
to businesses and organized
around a network of sheltered
urban wetlands that create an
important natural infrastructure
that sequesters more than four
times as much carbon as a
typical forest.
(Image: Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke
Ingels Group)

"BiodiverCity will have an integrated system of localized water resources,
renewable energy, and waste management, tied altogether in a human-made
ecosystem," BIG founder and creative director Bjarke Ingels notes in a statement
about the project. "Rather than design a city for cars, we designed BiodiverCity
for waterways, rail, and different kinds of personal mobility, forming a
multimodal environment of movement. The resultant urban landscape will be
a celebration of Penang's position as a truly global crossroads of the world-
economically, ecologically, and socially."
The three islands will bring together mixed-use districts of 15,000 to
18,000 residents across 50 to 500 acres, and a continuous 50- to 100-meter
buffer around each district. This will support the surrounding habitat and
ecologies in reserves, parks, corridors, and urban plazas.
The buildings in BiodiverCity will be designed to perform efficiently and will
largely be constructed using low-carbon materials like bamboo and Malaysian
timber, as well as green concrete, a sustainable alternative comprised of
industrial waste and recycled materials. The plan also encourages green roofs
and fa├žades, and public and private open spaces so the islands can feed back
into the forests, beaches, and estuaries that line the islands' edges.
"Architecture and design at their core are the art and science of giving form
to our future," Ingles adds. "In no case is this more evident than here, where
we are literally embarking on a journey to create more of Malaysia for future
generations. We have decided to set the bar as high as humanly possible
by imagining a new archipelago that aims to be both more culturally and
biologically diverse than previous developments."
According to Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow, BIG, Ramboll, and Hijjas
will be working closely with the Penang State Government, collaborators, and
stakeholders to finalize the masterplan and to "ensure that all facets of the
project celebrate both the heritage and innovation that characterize Penang,
while creating a home for its growing communities, economies, and ecologies."

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The concept for
BiodiverCity includes
a set of urban design
guidelines for mixing
programs, addressing
pedestrian and mobility
networks, building
sustainably, and
harvesting resources.
(Image: Courtesy of
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)



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