Bridgette Meinhold

Tower City is an Ecotopia Stacked Up on Stilts

by , 03/09/10

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The intention of the designers was to create a more dense urban center, and place the city out on the water in order to let the land regenerate. This would allow the inhabitants of the city close access to nature, trees, and open space rather than being completely surrounded by urban sprawl for miles and miles. Additionally, residents have even quicker access to the water for recreation or travel. Although designed originally for Marseilles, this skyscraper concept could be applied for any coastal city.

The new city would be built above the water so as to not disturb the marine ecosystem. Constructed in a 3D grid, the skyscraper city would still contain all the necessities of city life – places to work and live, modes of transportation, schools, shopping and every day life amenities as well as recreation. By condensing the city into a smaller, compact space, the city itself becomes more efficient, and as a bonus, a ton of additional land would be available for open space. The city would be built from the ruins of the old city, powered by renewable energy, and would include port facilities, garden and open space.

+ Tower City in Marseilles

+ eVolo Skyscraper Competition

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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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