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This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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Dark Park

Gary Barnett, the founder and president of Extell Development Company, likely knew what he was getting into when he showed up to a recent town hall on super-tall skyscrapers rising in New York. The hundreds of people who crowded into a room at the New York Public Library were not there to praise these soaring towers. They were there to see what could be done to stop more from rising.

The town hall, which was organized by Manhattan Community Board 5, was focused on the long, dark shadows that these new buildings will cast deep into Central Park. Barnett’s company is behind two of the projects, but on the rainy February night, he was the face of all of them.

One of Extell’s towers is the nearly completed Christian de Portzamparc–designed One57, which is already blocking sunlight in Central Park. A panelist at the event, journalist Warren St. John, has experienced this firsthand. He told the crowd about the shadows that fell across the park as he tried to play with his daughter on a recent afternoon.

The shadow effect of the rising city.

The SkyCity One will be 838 meters and 220 stories tall, and in addition to housing for 30,000 people, will contain space for offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and such. It will have internal “roads” or walk-ways connecting the first and 150th floor, communal spaces in the core of each floor, courtyards for sports, and “Sky Gardens” on five of its floors.

Erik Bernhardsson on China’s plans to build a skyscraper in just 90 days

Manhattanization in the developing world entails much more than the cosmopolitan vertical aesthetic that awes so many commentators. It also means an intensified competition for shelter that favors the wealthy.

Josh Leon imagines our vertical future.

「許多開發中國家在都市化的過程中,都容納更多都會垂直美學,令許多評論員稱羨,但也代表房地產競爭日益激烈,要吸引富人入住。」

Josh Leon想像人類的垂直未來

Should cities have height restrictions?

As Eastern cities stretch higher and higher, the West has a bit of obsession with protecting skylines (read all about it on This Big City). Should we have height restrictions, or cities our cities be allowed to freely evolve?

城市應該設定樓高限制嗎?

許多東方城市樓房愈建愈高,西方卻熱衷於保護天際線原貌(相關話題請見《城事》),城市是否該設有樓高限制,或是讓大家恣意發展?

As a 610 metre tall twisted metal lattice, China’s Guangzhou TV Tower is a frighteningly - and unsurprisingly - complex building. Each of its 1,104 metal joints are different, and its foundation contains 600 electronic sensors embedded into it to monitor movement. Despite this, the restaurant on the upper level does not serve soup as the liquid’s movement alerts diners to the gentle sway of the building.
Image courtesy of shanghaisound on flickr.
By Joe Peach   High-res

As a 610 metre tall twisted metal lattice, China’s Guangzhou TV Tower is a frighteningly - and unsurprisingly - complex building. Each of its 1,104 metal joints are different, and its foundation contains 600 electronic sensors embedded into it to monitor movement. Despite this, the restaurant on the upper level does not serve soup as the liquid’s movement alerts diners to the gentle sway of the building.

Image courtesy of shanghaisound on flickr.

By Joe Peach