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Our buildings are doing more with less
More than 1.5 million people are moving to cities every week. Where are these people going to live and work? The answer is to build higher.
Taller buildings solve many of the issues associated with overcrowding in cities. Obviously, a larger building accommodates more people and critically, due to the high cost of real estate, is cheaper thanks to a smaller footprint. There are also many, less obvious, benefits. Congestion is reduced as fewer people are forced to travel from outside the city. Green areas and farmland are preserved and systems like water, heating, cooling and waste are more cost-efficient when resources have less distance to travel.
So, why aren’t new buildings as high as possible? Huge buildings face issues of safety and usability. Thankfully, tech is now available to help make cities more vertical.