Vertical growth of the cities is a step in a right direction
Avneesh Sood, Director, EROS Group
Keeping India’s urban population growth in mind, high-rise buildings are emerging as a solution to overpopulation or in other words, we can also say that the concept of a having a vertical city could be a solution to high-density urbanization.
Pros and cons of the cities reaching the vertical limits?
Constructing vertical cities has its own pros and cons. Speaking of the pros, vertical cities helps in keeping the land spared for other purposes, for instance- agriculture, etc.This is quite evident that due to an increase in population, the tall buildings are booming day by day in a city side. In cities,skyscrapers and high-rise buildings effectively answer density problems with a low footprint, most of them feature a homogenized operate, contributory to the matter of town centers turning into strictly business zones. As a result, the proposal combines residential, commercial, instructional and cultural functions, organized at somebody’s scale that keeps the buildings at intervals walking distance of one-another.
It is important to look at how high-density cities are created in the future and the impact they will have on the natural environment. Three-dimensional, vertical urbanism has not yet become modish, but as planners seek solutions to density issues, it provides a strong option going forward.
While aiming for the vertical heights, what are some of the design and planning measures that need to be kept in mind?
- Climate study is incredibly vital. Special attention to be made to make sure that whether it would be practical at that specific place wherever it’s being made
- Building orientation ought to be unbroken
- Material study associated correct alternative of materials is an absolute necessity
- Green design and data relating to an equivalent can assist to produce property design
- Structure is believed of later, not at the expense of style. However never ignore the structure for the sake of style. The grids and columns should never been compromised
Possible challenges associated with reaching for vertical heights and what are the mitigating measures for the same?
- Working from an existing place of work, or using an existing means of access and egress.
- Provision of suitable work equipment to prevent a fall occurring, e.g. edge protection.
- Provision of work equipment to minimize the distance and consequences of a fall, e.g. fall arrest systems.
- Instructions and training of safety measures and/or other means
How vertical growth of cities can be made sustainable?
We have to consider livability and sustainability in our planning to ensure success in the end. Which approach is best suited for which city depends on its geography, governance, transport infrastructure, real estate and many other factors. If mega tall buildings are planned, we need to ensure they have sky gardens and equivalent of city parks as well as wind turbines and solar panels for green energy. We have the choice to make the near future cities more sustainable, resilient and livable
China is the best example here, one who has aggressively adopted this approach to manage it’s growing cities. Each year 25 million of its rural population are migrating to the cities. There are now over 160 cities in China with a population of over 1 million, according to China Today.