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Vertical City

By Alicia Hoisington

The future is vertical, says Luca Curci, founder of his eponymous Italian architecture studio. “Until now, city sprawl has been realized in two dimensions, creating thousands of kilometers of suburbs, tons of waste, and more poverty,” Curci says. His firm has proposed a vertical city for 25,000 people, constructed on a water site. A main residential tower is connected by water and air to three additional towers that host offices, government departments, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions. Three other structures—the Moons—host lifestyle amenities such as hotels, wellness and spa centers, sports facilities, and shopping malls.

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The city-building, which consists of 10, 236-foot-high overlapping modular layers, is perforated to permit the circulation of air and light on each level, enabling green areas and vertical gardens. “Every group of 18 floors will include a community framework for living, including water baths, markets, and spiritual, and cultural hubs,” Curci says.

Renderings: Luca Curci Architects

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