From health and well-being to addressing poverty, the UN17 development is redefining sustainability in architecture. “We wanted to put forward something that was comprehensive, challenging, and hadn’t been done before.” says Martin Schultz Nielsen.
“It’s our watershed building,” says Claus Mathisen. “When we started it five years ago, many of the solutions that we now have weren’t around... It’s an attempt to generate insight and learning for what we could migrate to our wider portfolio.”
"The first wooden houses will be more expensive. But we need to get the ball rolling. The construction industry is conservative, and we want to push it," Nicole van der Star says, expecting that the next wooden high-rises will be more climate-friendly and less expensive.
Mia Scheel: "People are aware of the scarcity of resources. At the same time, they have high expectations. They want access to the metro, good infrastructure, wonderful architecture, and a community. This is exactly the demand that we're trying to meet with the UN17 Village." (starts at 02:40)
The feature from Nippon TV concludes that the UN17 Village demonstrates how important it is to create cities that are kind to both people and the earth and that the development may be a hint for Japan's future. (starts at 03:50)