03/419 – The Vertical City


The growth of world population and its concentration in cities leads to excessive occupation of the ground by constructions.

Technical and scientific progress in the last decade allows, from now onwards, to envisage in our regions very high constructions at the same global costs (including networks) as our present constructions, if they are grouped in a regular manner, connected together by networks supported by bridges, 40 or 50m above the ground, to form small vertical cities.

A new architecture for towers remains to be invented with naturally illuminated and ventilated vertical streets that offers views and are punctuated by aerial piazzas.

This architecture can completely satisfy the needs of the soul and the spirit, as well as our senses and our physiological needs.

It relates to the vertical urbanism of many ancien cities like, for example, Manarola (Cinque Terre, Italy) or Valparaiso (Chile).


Philippe Samyn
Les Échos du Logement N°119
“Vertical ‘Utopethic’ Urban Planning”
March 2017
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Philippe Samyn:
“The Vertical City”
“Pocket book academy”,
2014, reissued in 2016
ISBN 978-2-8031-0412-3
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Credits :

Architecture and Engineering:

Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS All projects are designed by Philippe Samyn who also supervises every drawing

Structural Engineering:

Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS with SETESCO (sister company (1986-2006) or INGENIEURSBUREAU MEIJER (sister company 2007-2015) if not mentioned

Services engineering:

Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS with FTI (sister company since 1989) if not mentioned

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