Future World: Are We Heading Towards Vertical Cities?

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Vertical cities aren’t a new idea by any means but as humans continue to expand, is taking to the sky becoming a near-term solution? YouTube channel FW: Thinking revisits the idea of vertical cities in the video below. With the technology that exists today buildings are becoming easier to make as well as safer and possibly more eco-friendly. As mentioned in the video, the birth of the skyscraper was to house office workers for companies in one large building so that they didn’t take up too much real estate. Today’s buildings are fast becoming small communities complete with grocery stores, malls and other essentials. Take a look at FW: Thinking’s video below.

The idea of vertical cities might not be something that the United States populace is going to embrace very soon. Countries in the east are moving slowly towards the idea of vertical cities with buildings like Shanghai Tower. As mentioned in the video, the idea of vertical farming is also something that could one day be a feasible solution to food supply.

But if you look at both vertical cities and vertical farming, the immediate advantage is the impact on the environment. Having a vertical farm next to a vertical city drastically reduces the distance of transportation to the user. There are many advantages to building a vertical city and arguments can be made for adopting and living in one. But there are equally convincing arguments on the other hand from those who would rather live a lifestyle that is less constricting and more open. I wouldn’t expect a full vertical city revolution anytime soon.

What do you think of vertical cities? Something we should be looking into? Or no thanks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  Source: FW: Thinking YouTube
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