Is This Mile-High Vertical City a Solution to Our Problems or an Unrealistic Dream?

Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech with 10 Comments
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Video Source: Vertical City

By Lloyd Alter | Tree Hugger

Half a century ago the architect Paolo Soleri promoted the idea of an Arcology, “a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the opposite of urban sprawl with its inherently wasteful consumption of land, energy resources and time, and tendency to isolate people from each other and the community.”

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Today there is a new vision that is a direct descendant: the Vertical City. Eighteen months ago TreeHugger wrote about a Kickstarter to produce a book and a video that would describe a building form that “can save energy, support our growing population and preserve our horizontal spaces for food production, nature and recreation.” The book was released recently, and the video premiered in New York City this past Friday.

It is a controversial vision; some consider it unrealistic and techno-utopian. But the more one looks at it, the more sense it makes. It’s much more efficient to move people vertically, where there is perhaps ten feet between units, than it is horizontally, where you need serious infrastructure. Next to the bicycle, elevators are probably the most energy efficient way of moving there is. The reduced surface area per unit makes apartments the most energy efficient form of building. It preserves open space for agriculture and recreation, both needed for a growing population. The authors say that “If it is properly designed, a Vertical City provides its residents with a sense of belonging to a community and most importantly, it is easier and less costly to maintain and operate.”

Ken King

Ken King zips by a vertical city/Screen capture

Architects Ken King and Kellogg Wong and their associates present a vision of towers tied together by platforms that act as green space on top, sky lobbies, retail, restaurants and markets below. These are pretty big, but the concept means that the towers that hold it all up are slender and elegant. It’s not the only solution to this problem either; Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) recently showed their version that works much the same way.

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  1. 982153768533965@facebook.com' Technology News says:

    such a great fanpage

  2. 10155199606212837@facebook.com' Julia Plummer-Fraser says:

    No it makes more sense to replace people with robots.. Just leave the vegans and animals and the world will survive just fine

  3. 1698165950440610@facebook.com' Scott Wilkins says:

    What about fires or other disasters????

  4. 993444390703626@facebook.com' Joseph Huey Evans says:

    Mega-City One , on the way…

  5. rudistade@live.ca' Rudi Stade says:

    It could take all day to get to the upper floors during rush hour. And I’d be concerned about earthquakes

  6. 10100590742394749@facebook.com' Michael William Capote says:

    mega cities? sounds like NWO agenda 21…. take the land. condense the sheeple. no private land ownership. Government raises your kids…. fuck the future is crazy

  7. 1481035618876924@facebook.com' Christie Gil says:

    Ever tried to catch an elevator in a high rise? I know ppl that plan one half of an hour into their morning commute. It’s their front to their building’s front door.

  8. 1481035618876924@facebook.com' Christie Gil says:

    Why don’t ppl just stop fucking BREEDING and we don’t have to worry about this shit.

  9. 1264092760272387@facebook.com' Jorge Amores says:

    Crazy idea. We people need space to be helty humans.

  10. 1684344925182239@facebook.com' John Evans says:

    Bunch a bullshit! There has to be mass sterilization.

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