Architectural Inspirations: Vertical Cities / by Nicole Frederick

Last month we visited the past as Frederick took a look at the ancient ruins of Peru's Machu Picchu. This month we look into the future of architecture with the unique idea of the vertical city. Earth's population growth combined with the shrinkage of non-livable space has caused scientists and architects all over the world to come up with advanced and eco-friendly ideas of how humans can sustain life by using less energy and taking up less space. This new age way of thinking gave birth to the vertical city. 

Using this solution to build up architects would create a series of interconnected towers that could be a proposed 400 floors tall, support thousands of residents, save energy, support a growing population, and preserve land for food production, nature, and recreation. 

Although the idea of living in a self-contained vertical city may seem repulsive to many the innovations utilized and the huge decrease of our automotive carbon footprint cause by these cities, have attracted a lot of positive feedback in circles looking for solid solutions to the world's global warming issues. Kenneth King, the man behind a nonprofit organization "Vertical City", which aims to gain more support and speed up the process of breaking ground on the first vertical city, predicts these future structures will be entirely self-sufficient and theoretically provide many unobstructed surfaces for solar panels. 

There are a few drawbacks to vertical cities, such as residents feeling claustrophobic, the accessibility to amenities limiting people from seeking out other services and buildings but the pros seem to be winning over a huge number of architects. Our idea of what urban life is and was could be changing in only a few short decades. Even though no true vertical city has been commissioned there was an 180-floor skyscraper proposed by Italian firm Luca Curci Architects in the United Arab Emirates and Vincent Callebaut Architectures introduced a similar concept that combines small -scale farming and environmental friendly neighborhoods. The video below shows Vincent Callebaut's design, which is very impressive and may seem familiar as it has a striking resemblance to buildings out of a Dr. Seuss book. We look forward to seeing what the future may hold for these stunning architectural designs.