Urban (and suburban) planning has come a long way from the traditional way of expanding housing, industrial and recreational facilities in a lateral direction.
Don’t get me wrong. Expanding laterally is well and good, but with the lack or increase in the price of land to expand on as a future concern, one possible idea would be to expand from the bottom up.
If you noticed, highly industrial countries have actually begun to expand from the bottom up. You’ll see the continuous rise of high-rise buildings in their attempt to maximize available space without potentially occupying more land.
This brings us to the current existence of unused land. If you take a trip on the freeway, you might have noticed the wide expanse of land that remains unused, which seems to be a waste of resources. So why not consider reclaiming these unused lands one freeway interstate at a time?
One forward thinking individual actually thought of the number of ways that these unused lands can be used to the benefit of modern-day population.
We can begin by cultivating crops that can be used as either food or biofuel resources depending on the type of soil available and the compatible crop that can be introduced.
The unused land can also be used for more than just plant cultivation. Take for instance their use for housing accommodations where sturdy poles with solar cells and wind turbines as an energy source can be built.
These solar cells and wind turbines would help harness energy in its natural form as well as lessen the use of fossil fuels and oil that can cause an impact on our carbon imprint.
These “sturdy poles” can serve as the main frame to build houses, which will definitely help address housing problems that are plaguing modern-day civilization. We’ve already some homes created and designed from simple cargo containers…so why not houses built on poles?
Since there is little to no land occupied by these accommodations, it would equate to lower housing cost compared to houses built at the ground level. The advances in technology can definitely make the construction of such houses happen.
If you are worried about noise pollution, remember that the higher you get, the more distant you are from the noise regardless of how busy the freeway or interstate traffic might become.
Can you imagine owning a home that is uniquely designed and built, using natural energy resources, and smack dab in the middle of the interstate? I know I can imagine it and am actually quite excited to see this plan come into fruition.
Admittedly, it will definitely take some time for a proposed plan such as this to happen. However, with forward-thinking individuals, I believe that it can definitely happen. Not now, but soon…definitely soon.
Do you have any thoughts on how this idea can be improved? Have you thought of the possible issues that may come up during the planning and construction period if it does happen? Let me know by contacting me at Reburbia!