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Are skybridges the answer to overcrowding in cities?
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Are skybridges the answer to overcrowding in cities?

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When completed in a couple of years, Raffles City Chongqing will boast a “horizontal skyscraper” that will be 300m in length and stretch across four of the main towers at the 42nd floor. Experts say it reflects a growing trend in urban planning where skyscraper cities are starting to spread horizontally.

Making this vision of “horizontal skyscrapers more attainable is a German engineering firm, which last year unveiled an elevator system where horizontal lifts can shuttle from one building to another.

The team behind the Raffles City Chongqing project has trialled the connecting bridges concept at Sky Habitat and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Singapore’s Pinnacle@Duxton is another example where seven 51-storey apartment blocks are linked by skybridges and skyparks.

Singapore is  also known for its efforts to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to urban planning. Read about five of the nation’s golden rules for urban planning here.


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