Jungle Cities: The Future or Fantasy?

Unveiling the Surprising Upsides and Downsides of Ultra-Green Urban Living



The concept of cities resembling jungles (and we are talking real jungles, not concrete jungles), complete with vegetation and vertical gardens. Picture it in your mind… how does that sound? Personally, I find it a fascinating and forward-thinking idea.

I was hearing a lot of noise about the subject at the beginning of 2024. That being said, this is not a new concept within the Architecture community. While in school this idea seemed both tantalizing and like the obvious choice. Years later I decided to look a bit deeper into it and understand what that would truly entail from a conceptual standpoint. Is it plausible? Does it cause more problems than solutions? Are there any innovation opportunities? In this article we explore these questions and more.

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Why It’s A Good Idea:

The Air We Breath

Dense vegetation in cities would significantly improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen.

Natural Heat Control

The presence of plants and trees can create a natural cooling effect, reducing the urban heat island effect common in concrete-heavy cities.

Biodiversity Support

Such cities would support a wider range of flora and fauna, increasing biodiversity within urban areas supporting natural corridors for animal migration and cycles.

Aesthetic Appeal

A jungle-like city would offer a more visually appealing and calming environment for its inhabitants.

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Mental Health Benefits

Being closer to nature has been proven to reduce stress and improve mental health.

Sustainable Food Sources

Vertical gardens could provide locally grown, sustainable food sources, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transporting food and…




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