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The main designer of the project, Ioannis Oikonomou, owner
of Oiio Studio, was inspired to create the U-shaped structure after
learning that a company created an elevator that not only moves
vertically, but also horizontally. The concept building would need an
elevator that could go around curves and move horizontally.
Though not exactly like the Big Bend proposal, a nonprofit organization called Vertical City has been encouraging discussion about
non-traditional skyscraper structures since 2012. It aims to spark
worldwide conversation about "vertical cities as a solution to a more
Looking at the organization's online artist renderings, these
vertical cities would be Tetris-like arrangements of interconnected
towers. The proposed structures, designed to support thousands of
residents, reach hundreds of floors upward.
Each structure is intended to include city components like
housing, retail space, hotels, hospitals, universities and municipal
centers. The organization claims that it is seeing a trend and growing
interest in developing these large multifunctional buildings (MFBs).
If built, Big Bend would be
a 4,000-foot-long U-shaped
skyscraper in Manhattan.
MFBs have a number of different benefits. It's believed that the
diversity of space use will appeal to many people. It will allow them
to live, work, eat and shop in the same building. As a result, this will
reduce the need for transportation.
Advocates of vertical cities claim that these structures will help
conserve energy, support a growing population and preserve land
for food production. But first, somebody has to figure out a feasible
way to build them.
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