The new buzz talk is all about 3D cities. As land becomes less available, developers are building up to greater heights than ever before. But how does this impact the way people live in their daily lives? Where will they work at? How will they get the healthcare they need? Where will the schools be located? Where will they have room to be outdoors and enjoy recreational activities?
These questions are being addressed by a group of developers who are getting known for the urban planning of 3D cities. These buildings are designed to help create a microcosm of things that communities need. They are creating high-rise amenities far beyond the fitness facilities, screening rooms, lounges and roof gardens to become an independent economic and social engine within the structure itself.
Perhaps the most publicized community is the new high-rise called SkyCity in China where the mega tower will be a 220-story reaching a new world record height of 838 meters (2,749 feet) to become the tallest building in the world. Sky City is expected to be built in seven months using mostly prefabricated materials.
The new skyscraper, Sky City, includes hospitals, schools, hotel, malls, businesses and entertainment within the vertical city. It will be interesting to see how residents compare the quality of life in the new Sky City as city planners seek new ways to adjust to improve communities as our population increases globally. According to United Nations population statistics, the world population grew by 30%, or 1.6 billion people, between 1990 and 2010.
Sky City is expected to open in February 2014.