Bridgette Meinhold

Tower City is an Ecotopia Stacked Up on Stilts

by , 03/09/10

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Tower City, another concept from the 2010 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, re-envisions the city of Marseilles as a stacked skyscraper that sits on stilts above the water. Rather than letting cities spread out as population increases, a the design calls for a new city to be created out on the water, complete with work, housing, transportation and amenities. The futuristic development is based on a stacked framework built using recycled building materials from the old city.

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Designed by Deric Fourie, Dan Bernos, Michael Menuet, Pablo del Amo, Tower City in Marseilles received a Special Mention in the 2010 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Marseilles as it is currently stands is the second largest city in France with a population of around 1,600,000 and an urban density of 3,500 per sq. km. As a port town, there is ample water surrounding the city, but as it has grown, less and less land is available.

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  1. Rimaye March 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    While the problem of land scarcity is an issue, this recalls Le Corbusier at his absolute worst, and is a pretty ironic design for a French city. How can something that destroys the sea floor and blights the landscape be considered an “ecotopia”?!

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