Biopolis: a model for a new urban culture
In 1965, Enrico and Luzia Hartsuyker launched Biopolis: a model for a new urban culture. It served as an alternative to the growing post-war urbanisation in the Netherlands which created monotonous and bland town developments, as well as to the modernistic ideas on separating functions such as living, working and recreation. Compact and flexible, Biopolis is still topical and relevant in terms of sustainable urbanisation.
Parallelism between the BioIstanbul project in Kayabasi, which is expected to be finished in 2016, and the utopian model of Biopolis makes us think how simple and feasible the basic principles of sustainable urbanisation are.