So. Tired of dealing with traffic congestion, long commutes, urban sprawl and air pollution? Interested in Sustainability? Interested in Urban Redevelopment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to check out Tokyo’s Sky City.
Tokyo, Japan’s Sky City is in essence, a true city within a city. In the planning stages for many years now, the Sky City project is geared towards freeing up congestion and providing some “oh-so needed” green space in downtown Tokyo. The largest metropolitan region in the world with over 35M people (according to Wikipedia), Tokyo is jam packed to say the least and the urban sprawl is ri-dic-u-lous.
The average commute is two hours, many streets and roads are inaccessible and unnavigable for many emergency vehicles, and the civil engineering infrastructure is over capacity. Many Japanese citizens believe the answer to these problems is to build vertically, like Sky City. Sky City would reach two-thirds of a mile straight up into the sky and would accommodate 35,000 residents and 100,000 workers with apartments, offices, commercial facilities, movie theaters, a stadium, schools, hospitals, a monorail, etc. The reality is that one could live, work and play in Sky City without ever having to leave…ever.
Check out the first segment of video as seen on The Discovery Channel’s “Extreme Engineering”:
The remaining four segments you can find on YouTube as they get much deeper into all the cool research and engineering that is required to accomplish such a feat.
Segment 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vOtSFWqnp8
Segment 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODgvqtiRLng
Segment 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdykY41VEvk
Segment 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arM_TBadGd8
What an amazing concept; key word here being “concept.” Do you believe this concept will become reality? Can these types of vertical cities really be as structurally sound as they need to be? Would you live in a place like this? If this works in Tokyo could we one day see this “metropolis of the future” in New York City?
If this is really what the future holds, and if these types of projects will one day become common place as our population continues to soar, then how can one NOT be excited about a career in civil engineering?
What’s your take on Sky City?