In Tomo’s post, he mentioned that sustainability has become one important factor in urban design. In plenty of cities, more and more buildings lined up. There is no space for green spaces in the center of the urban areas. Building a garden city is one idea that can make a sustainable urban area and solving the problems of crowded and massy of the city. Especially in the large cities which accommodated large population, Vertical green city is an idea that cities can be incorporated into nature. In addition, he gave the opinion that the floor areas do not have to be indoors. The city center can incorporate a variety of urban functions. And the outdoor landscape spaces and activity areas could be woven into the horizontal and vertical levels.
He compared Tokyo with New York. New York Manhattan looks organized. The road network is systematic and in large scales. Urban structure in Tokyo is lack of vertical development. Then the example of the idea of vertical green city in Tokyo was given. It does save move lands by putting the small parts into a large block. It seems to be a good idea for the future. The remade city is not only an eco-friendly city but also a sustainable city.
However, there are some questions. Will the idea work as perfect as it planed? Firstly, green buildings are good to the environment. Most countries now are adopting the green building concepts. But this kind of buildings need to stand in position that will have the best sun, which may keep the neighborhood homes into the opposite dark sides. It is hard to find the materials to build the green buildings in urban areas, so shipping could cost a lot than a standard building (Weetas, 2016). Secondly, we should show respond to the surrounding buildings and spaces to local traditions. It is not that easy to just put the small parts into a large block. The transport is another factor we need to consider. Not focus on these disadvantages, the idea of garden cities is amazing.
Joggers on a path through Central Park (Batchelder/Alamy)
In New York, more than half of the city’s bus fleet runs on alternative fuel. The city used cleaner fuels instead of heavily polluting heating oils to improve the air quality. Its carbon-dioxide emissions per capita are lower than those in other American cities. New York expands its green spaces to gain the purpose of ensuring that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park (ShareAmerica, n.d.).
New York soon will welcome recreational boaters. (© AP Images)
Weetas Real Estate Blog, Market Stats, Real Estate Analysis. (2016). Green Buildings: Advantages and Disadvantages. [online] Available at: https://www.weetas.com/article/green-buildings-advantages-and-disadvantages/
ShareAmerica. (n.d.). New York: Bright lights, green city | ShareAmerica. [online] Available at: https://share.america.gov/new-york-bright-lights-green-city/