Vertical cities could be the future of architecture


Vertical cities could be the future of architecture

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. […]