Key Qualities of Vertical Cities

Vertical cities will define our urban future. But the success of this model is dependent on the city's ability to leave enough open green space, which is why Tokyo and Shanghai aren't good models here, says economist Barbara Byrne Denham.
Friday, November 23, 2012 09:00 EST | 3
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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/26/2012 1:33:21 PM
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We need green
It seems the idea of people needing green space isn't given a lot of credibility in some quarters. But the reality is that people need green parks, trees, etc. Living without them impoverishes the spirit and the overall health of the community.

When I drove through a portion of the Bronx a few years ago, I was appalled at how treeless the landscape was, virtually nothing but buildings. It looked awful and I'm sure it's not that great to live in.

11/24/2012 10:47:06 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Lessons Learned
I'm glad to see serious thought is being put into ensuring these buildings are working with, (and in some cases enhancing), their environment, not overwhelming or poisoning it.  It's taken some hard lessons, but municipalities have finally come to the realization, after years of uncontrolled growth in cities such as Tokyo and Shanghai, they simply can't keep adding buildings without considering the effects these additional buildings and people will have on the surrounding area, (green space, water and energy resources, transportation infrastructure, public transit, air quality, housing, schools, law enforcement, emergency services, job opportunities, etc.).  The total system is finally being taken into consideration.

11/23/2012 1:17:25 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Building around Key Qualities
I think we are finally understanding that we can't be in the mode of, "Build it, and they will come," but that, "your needs are important - and we can build them into it."

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