We Are Designing a Community
The Social Impact of Architectual project on their residents
Among the projects being planned by Miloslavsky Architects are residential towers, mixed-use complexes, assisted living towers, hotels and complex urban planning projects that include entire neighborhoods of thousands of housing units and a variety of uses.
Thousands of people live and work in these buildings and towers, and many more come to visit. Thousands more will experience the building in its vicinity and see it from afar every day, for many years.
Therefore, the management of Miloslavsky Architects and its team understand that when creating such large and complex projects they have a social impact on our society. In fact, the architectural work of the firm shapes the face of the company for which it plans – those who will live in the project space and those who will see and experience it. From this understanding developed the firm’s mission to create in each project a physical infrastructure and space that will allow the development of an endless variety of social, planned and random meetings so that the firm’s architecture will be a platform for human community formation, social development and better quality of life.
Thus in planning large and complex projects of this magnitude, the firm’s staff has a heavy responsibility to create quality planning, to rise to the level of excellence time and time again, to create a quality living, working and recreational environment and address the various social needs of the many people who these buildings and towers affect, in both the present as well as future generations.
The firm takes this responsibility very seriously, and invests great effort in the quality planning of any project. The firm’s staff regularly learns about various social trends, both Israeli and global, in order to know the needs, expectations of the target audiences in the short and long term, in the present, in the future, and in future generations.
This study and research process begins with collecting the objective data specific to each project: the characteristics of the environment in which the building will be built, the patterns of transportation within its vicinity, whether there are open areas of environmental value such as nature reserves, beaches, etc. as well as in the wider area. Additionally, what does the skyline look like, and are there similar projects in the area? What uses are there in the environment and what’s missing in the area, and so on and so forth.
In the next step, the team learns the social characteristics of the environment in which the project will be built, the characteristics of its target audience, and the characteristics of the people who will experience the project, live in it, work in it, come to office meetings, move in, stay in a hotel, eat in a restaurant, pass by the building and be exposed to its appearance daily. This research includes learning a variety of demographic characteristics such as age, culture, religion, marital status, forms of recreation, occupations, hobbies and of course what design and functionality will provide the maximum benefit and added value to all these audiences.
During project or tower planning, the firm’s staff focuses on creating a living environment that will address human and social needs in order to maximize human encounters and create an urban community which comes from the quality of physical infrastructure that the firm’s architecture creates. This consists of new and innovative typological design of the mix of uses that will be included in the tower or complex: residences, offices, open and green areas, commerce, services, employment, recreation, education, hotels, assisted living and more. Another consideration is how the organization and distribution of the various uses will be spread out across the floors and space of the project.
Also in planning the connection between the building or tower and its surroundings, the firm’s staff strives for careful planning of an urban fabric that creates a synergy between the tower and its surroundings. On the ground floor the design combines green areas, shaded and covered seating areas to create a pleasant experience for passers-by, as well as cafes and restaurants where you can spend time, shady and pleasant walking paths for pedestrians, and more.
In order to maximize the quality of life of the people who will live in the building or tower, the office staff combines green and open spaces at floor level in the form of Sky Gardens, open balconies, Sky Lobbies, open overpasses, and a variety of creative solutions to create human encounters in open and green spaces. This is all designed with the idea that people won’t have to go down to the street floor, and allow people to experience the tower along its entire height in a sort of “vertical walk”.
As part of the firm’s urban vision, Miloslavsky Architects understand that as the density of city centers increases on the one hand, and as the network of railway, metro and light rail lines expands on the other hand, we will all have to move more and more to Transit Oriented Development (TOD). This includes a number of components: The first component is mass transportation, including Israel Railways, metro lines and light rail that will reduce dependence and use on private cars, the time of standing in traffic jams, and lead to improved air quality that we breathe in cities. However, this isn’t enough: alongside the train stations in the city centers, the firm’s creative urban planning includes a transportation HUB around the train stations, an area characterized by high-rise construction projects, and high-density towers that include a wide range of uses: residential, employment, commercial, services, education, culture and recreation. Alongside all of this are complementary means of transportation – bus lines, bicycle paths and comfortable and pleasant walking paths, boulevards, wide sidewalks, a continuum of wide open green areas and more.