[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0195019199″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418HeFVnXzL._SL110_.jpg” width=”76″]Manhattan is a cramped space. Almost two million people live on the island with an area of 23 square miles–that’s a breakdown of about 70,000 people per square mile. It’s no wonder then that new commercial and residential construction has looked skyward instead of building horizontally. Amazingly, one fifth of the acreage of Manhattan is dedicated to parks, most of which is derived from Central Park’s demanding share of real estate. But there are still many areas in the city that are without greenspace altogether. The skyscraper forests of Midtown Manhattan and the Financial District seem like they are without peaceful retreat space altogether.
With inspiration from the mighty Central Park, a group of architects and designers created a plan to make a vertical park with which skyscrapers could be outfitted, giving office workers and high-rise residents an opportunity to enjoy a version of a backyard. Many of the taller buildings in Manhattan are outfitted with central atria, areas of openness through the middle of the buildings that provide much needed ventilation and light to inner offices. A lot of the atrium space is unused air, though. Jeffrey Lee, Rui Liu and Tina Qiu designed a vertical model of Central Park that resembles the park’s existing topographical structure but at a 90° difference.
The vertical park would conform to the scarce space the city experiences, but it would provide people’s vertical lifestyles with a much needed green refuge.
With cities expanding rapidly, vertical development is more sustainable than horizontal growth. But features like park systems are not easy to work into vertical real estate. With the model of the vertical Central Park, however, people who live in high-rise apartment buildings and work in skyscrapers hundreds of feet high will experience a revision on the classic back yard or garden. It is crucial to maintain standards of open and recreational space in cities to provide residents with quiet places to recuperate from urban stress. And the vertical Central Park is a plan that acknowledges the future of vertical living and adds to it positively.
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