This is an example of how the elevated garden city could look for an entire block in the city.
The key things that are a little different and more practical than initial concepts are:
- The elevated garden is only one floor high and most of the buildings look out over the garden open space.
- All foot and cycle traffic is on the elevated garden level only
- There is no need for multi story car parking as ground level with no foot traffic is car park/delivery truck pick-up/drop-off (much cheaper given the number of car parks)
- Using more area in the city to build on (no need for car parks on side of road or foot path so buildings can have larger area – more urban density)
- Better flow of cars – no pedestrians, bikes, multi floor car parks to go up and down
- Better flow for pedestrians and cycles – no motor vehicles to get in the way – much faster to wander around town
- Greener – easier for bikes, less energy for cars (no up and down buildings)
- Easier for people to come into town – instead of one park outside a shop there could be 12-20 directly under a store. It doesn’t have to be a grey car parking building but could have advertising/window displays to draw people up to the shop/restaurants etc
- Much better use of space as no need for delivery alleys etc that can take large chunks of land
- All building services (air conditioners, wiring, piping etc can be on the ceiling of the car park) – easy access for maintenance etc
- For the same number of car parks/rentable space it could be about the same price as conventional block design.
- Much more iconic than a normal city block!
- Lots of creative ways designers could go with the general idea to link up different blocks with variation on the theme