IF WE ALL LIVED AT THE POPULATION DENSITY OF MANHATTAN...
HOW MUCH SPACE WOULD 8 BILLION PEOPLE TAKE UP?
WE COULD ALL FIT INTO THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.... OR THE COUNTRY OF PARAGUAY, POLAND, THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO, OMAN, OR VIETNAM.
IS THIS A QUESTION OF ONLY POPULATION, OR ALSO LAND-USE AND RESOURCE CONSUMPTION? CAN WE IMAGINE REARRANGING THE LIGHTS?
CAN WE ENVISION A MAP THAT SHOWS A FUTURE THAT BALANCES OUR NEEDS WITH THE NEEDS OF THE PLANET?
- REVITALIZE CITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE ADAPTIVE REUSE
- EMBRACE URBAN INFILL DEVELOPMENT
- SPRAWL UP, NOT OUT, WITH VERTICAL DENSITY
"CITIES CURRENTLY CONSUME TWO-THIRDS OF THE GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY AND GENERATE THREE QUARTERS OF THE WORLD'S GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS"
“One of the most effective ways to cut the carbon emissions of cities [is] to stop the relentless expansion of urban sprawl by promoting infill housing, the carefully planned creation of extra housing in underutilized parts of cities to reduce car dependence and improve the efficiency of infrastructure and energy use.”
AMERICANS TEND TO THINK OF DENSE CITIES AS DESPOILERS OF THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE, BUT THEY ACTUALLY HELP TO PRESERVE IT.
If you spread all 8.5 million New York City residents across the countryside at the population density of Vermont, you would need a space equal to the land area of the six New England states plus New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
DENSE CITIES ARE BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
PUBLIC TRANSIT: While around 90 percent of American households own at least one car, that number is 23 percent for Manhattan. Fewer cars generally means fewer carbon emissions, and that less land has to be put aside for parking.
APARTMENT BUILDINGS: Cities take up less space per person. Sharing walls, floors and ceilings between households reduces energy costs significantly, and since city homes have no lawns, they waste less water too.
RESOURCE PROXIMITY: Consider the grocery store: in the city, there are typically multiple grocery stores in walking distance from any home. Outside the city, residents sometimes drive several miles just to pick up necessities.