Will Residential High-Rises come to the Suburbs?

Posted by Highrises.com Concierge on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 2:40pm.

With the amount of available downtown urban property available growing smaller and smaller, some predict that there will be an increase in high-rise buildings in suburban areas.  There were some suburban areas that sprung up with high-rise and mid-rise buildings as a solution for affordable housing in the suburbs in the 1950’s and 60’s, but the needs of communities and resources have changed drastically from that time.  The evolution of urban planning will bring a new approach to the future of high-rise development as we continue to grow in population requiring new housing to be built.


An interesting report was done titled: The growth of high-rise buildings in the U.S. suburbs by Montgomery Planning that looked at geospatial models based on city centers, centers of population and housing over time and used these to look at improving the sustainability of cities to allow suburban areas to have better access to transportation, entertainment and recreational activities.  


These high-rise project won’t go without controversy as seen in the blog comments in Australia’s Herald Sun today High-rise high-life on the rise in suburbs regarding a new high-rise development in a suburban area called Box Hill.  Interestingly most of the comments are concerns about the residents who live within the community not being able to afford them.

Also highlighted in the Montgomery Planning was the prediction for green high-rises.  Not green as in LEED certified, but rather green as in plants.  Many of the residential high-rise designs in 2012 and 2013 incorporate outdoor gardens both for recreation and food production.  Singapore has lead the way with green high-rise buildings and there is a current design for New York's Roosevelt Island called Dragonfly.

Some of the most recent designs include areas for production of dairy, egg and meet, apple orchards, lush green meadows and rice fields.  With 30% of land used to produce food currently, and the fact that by 2050 food production will have to increase by 70%, developers and planners must work diligently to create a new age of skyscrapers.

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