Some ambitious Japanese architects want to change the world’s approach towards urban crowding / overpopulation in megacities like Tokyo, Mexico City and others. They think that we can live in the sky, so they hope to build a vertical city twice the height of today’s tallest building that would house, employ and entertain hundred of thousands of people.
This space-age city in the sky might seem like science fiction, but it answers some questions about where humans might live as our most crowded cities become even more densely populated.
The plan consists of a building 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) tall and 400 m (1,312 ft) wide at the base, and a total floor area of 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi). It would house between 35,000 and 36,000 full-time residents, as well as 100,000 workers. It comprises 14 concave dish-shaped “Space Plateaus“ stacked one upon the other. The interior of the plateaus would contain greenspace, and on the edges, on the sides of the building, would be the apartments. Also included in the building would be offices, commercial facilities, schools, theatres, and other modern amenities.
Within this city will be housing, businesses, supermarkets, outdoor parks, stadiums, etc.; basically all city convenience flavours. If all goes as planned, individual Sky Cities will be bridged together to form “hyper-cities”.
Imagine living in one of these towers heading off to work via elevator rather than car. Hitting the supermarket “down” on the 200th floor. Checking out an event at the city’s stadium, or chilling out in the city park. All without ever leaving the confines of the building.