A 24-Hour City

Laurane de Gendre
Transport Planner
AECOM, Sydney

Twenty-four-hour cities provide opportunities for the city to grow, meet the needs of the people, and provide innovative solutions to tackle the existing density issues that cities face. Such cities are the way of the future; they are the key to optimized use of resources and sustainable development. Many iconic skyscrapers are only used during a typical working weekday. Their benefits are restricted to urban elites with the necessary qualifications and financial backing.

So how do we create a city that maximizes the use of buildings and creates a sense of community for all its individuals?

We suggest a movement towards a performance-based approach to urban planning, which we believe will create a livable and lovable city for all. This idea of a 24-hour city relies on the utilization of tall buildings during longer periods of time every day, offering a mix of functions during different periods of time, and used by various groups of people.

A city that reduces land consumption and energy by optimizing the use of shared infrastructure, utilities and resources; that reduces the need for long-distance travel by providing complimentary functions within close proximity of offices and residences; and that connects multiple uses and people – is a 24-hour city.

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