Designs unveiled for zero-energy smart city

Five billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030, according to the United Nations. Designs for a self-sustainable vertical city with net-zero energy are offering a response to the growing challenge of urban populations and their carbon emissions.

In response to the growing challenge of urban populations and their accompanying carbon emissions, Italian company Luca Curci Architects has designed The Link, a self-sustainable “vertical city” for 200,000 people with the goal of net-zero energy operations, writes an article on

The proposed project includes four buildings and a variety of green spaces within 300 floors. It would house offices, government departments, healthcare facilities, educational institutions and retail, as well as more than 120,000 trees and 2 million plants of over 150 species to help clean the air and reduce the urban heat island effect.

“It is the first smart city ‘conscious oriented’ that that will prevent urban sprawl, produce and storage energy, improve air quality, increase urban biodiversity and create a healthier lifestyle,” architect Luca Curci said in the article.

Several renewable energy systems, including wind and solar, would power the city, which would also have room for on-site food production and farming that follow zero-waste policies. All transport would be entirely powered by renewable energy systems.

Image courtesy of Luca Curci Architects

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