Architecture firm Luca Curci Architects presents THE LINK, a vertical city for 200,000 people.
The project aims to rise above the challenge of population density by successfully combining vertical expansion with economic innovation. A self-sustainable city-forest, that will absorb CO2, produce oxygen for cleaner air, and increase urban biodiversity. With interconnected communities’ programs. No suburbs. Less poverty oriented. With its 300 floors, THE LINK will reach a maximum height of 1200 meters. The project combines sustainability with population density, and it aims to build up a zero-energy city-building. The city forest is made of 4 main towers, connected one each other, equipped with green areas on each level, natural light, and ventilation.
The vertical city allows its residents to get into a healthier lifestyle, in connection with natural elements, re-thinking the traditional concept of community and society. Using an urban operating system with an AI (Artificial Intelligence), the vertical city will be able to manage the global city temperature, levels of CO2, and humidity will control the global lighting system and will store extra energy produced by solar panels and other renewable energy resources. “The first smart city “conscious oriented”, that will prevent urban sprawl, produce and store energy, improve air quality, increase urban biodiversity, and create a healthier lifestyle”.
Half of humanity, 3.5 billion people, lives in cities today and 5 billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030. The world’s cities occupy just 3 percent of the Earth’s land but account for 60-80 percent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions. Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies, communities, and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history.
Urban sprawl, the rapid expansion of the geographic extent of cities and towns, is often characterized by low-density residential housing, single-use zoning, and its increasing reliance on the private automobile for transportation. Urban sprawl has been correlated with increased energy use, pollution, and traffic congestion and a decline in community distinctiveness and cohesiveness. The suburbanization of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 years. Poverty rates across the suburban landscape have increased by 50 percent since 1990. THE LINK city-forest with a multi-level vertical urban planning will prevent urban sprawl while bringing trees, shrubs, and plants closer to everyday life.
Using an urban operating system with an AI (Artificial Intelligence), THE LINK vertical city will be connected with each side of itself, from apartments to offices, from common to green areas. The operating system will be able to manage the global city temperature, levels of CO2 and humidity thanks to an innovative cooling system, will control the global lighting system, and will store extra energy produced by solar panels and other renewable energy resources, enabling advanced analytics and reporting across city-wide functions. THE LINK vertical city-forest will be the first smart city “conscious oriented”, that will prevent urban sprawl, produce and store energy, improve air quality, increase urban biodiversity, and create a healthier lifestyle. THE LINK will be presented in several cities of the world, with the aim of opening a dialogue with institutions and private investors. “Cities will shape our future”
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