In a previous post I presented a fictional interview that supported the idea of consolidating population in vertical construction. My personal support of this idea is founded on three main principles: first, vertical construction leaves more land intact. This means that more forest can be enjoyed, more water can flow, and more wildlife can roam. Second, studies show that cities are more efficient than suburban sprawl or small towns. Finally, I prefer the aesthetics of a skyline with a natural backdrop to the view of single family homes spread to the horizon.
Studies have shown a population movement towards urban cores over the past decade which shows a growing trend of a preference for living near where you work and shop, a system as old as the city itself. As technology and ideas have developed to support a dense urban core, Vertical Farming has been proposed to process waste and to provide food for urbanites. Though this technology has yet to be truly attempted, a new proposal takes it to its most feasible level yet. Check out this article by Lloyd Alter on the Tree Hugger site about the latest developments in vertical farming. And then do some more research on your own. Learn about the most recent ideas for rejuvenating city centers around the world and how we can change the human landscape to make society more efficient and responsible.
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