Elevated Sustainable Urban Systems and Habitable Bridges

Michael Olitsky
Vice President
Gdalia Olitsky Engineering LTD, Jerusalem

The main objective of this presentation was to provide an original conceptual model and an illustration of an interconnected multi-level city. The ground level is a single plane with limited capacity. Tall buildings enable increased population density in sought-after urban locations, but at the same time, induce an immense burden on transportation, as well as other infrastructure. Hence, it is of interest to conduct a preliminary feasibility study of a solution that would involve adding one or more additional horizontal layers to the city itself. The presentation thus examined the alternative of an elevated, sustainable, urban system, in the form of a skyscraping network of habitable bridges. Each bridge, functioning as a veritable walkable neighborhood, will include light public transportation and mixed uses, such as commerce, services, and recreational facilities. The development of habitable bridges as an alternative means of vertical expansion for cities, considering economic, social and environmental issues, is likely to yield optimal results. Furthermore, opportunities for real-estate investments, improved accessibility and adaptation of new technologies, are only a few of the prospective benefits of the proposed system.

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