Land is becoming scarce as the world’s population grows and environmental changes shrink the amount of livable space on Earth. Some creative thinkers say the solution is to build up.
A nonprofit organization called Vertical City aims to garner support for so-called vertical cities — Tetris-like arrangements of interconnected towers designed to support thousands of residents.
These proposed structures, which can be up to 400 floors, contain all the components of a city, from housing and hospitals to universities and municipal departments. Advocates claim vertical cities will save energy, support a growing population, and preserve land for food production, nature, and recreation — if we can figure out a way to build them.
Over half the world’s population lives in urban areas today, according to the United Nations, and that figure is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. Vertical cities offer a space-saving way to house all those people.
Imagine commuting to work, running errands, catching a movie, and returning home at the end of the day without ever setting foot on a sidewalk. This kind of convenience makes cars and public transportation less necessary, reducing the automotive industry’s footprint on the environment. […]