Hanging Gardens for Skylines, drawings 1-4, 42×59 cm 2016 April, Copyright Róza El-Hassan
Hanging Gardens for Skylines, drawing 59×42 cm, 2016 April, Copyright Róza El-Hassan
This was came into being, since the skylines of the Arab Gukf were so inspiring and so were the big constructions and utopian buildings.
My futuristic idea is to connect the skyscrapers also on the high level around the 30th or the 50th floor and to add hanging gardens , bicycle roads, streets to walk to to the upper level. This way we have a skyline, which reminds me of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon., which King Nebuchadnezzar II build for his wife Queen Amytis , who missed the green hills so much, we know these seven wonders of the ancient word also as Semiramis Hanging Gardens.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 19th century painting by anonymous artist.
Hanging Gardens, Singapore.
The question arises, could we build such sustainable gardens floating in the air between the skyscrapers? And how could we water them? Today we know several technologies to get water from the air. So we do not need to build pipelines. These technologies I will introduce later.
There has been already at the beginning of the 20th century several ideas to connect skyscrapers with high-road, but seldom realized. One of these utopian images we can see on Fritz Lang’s film scenery Metropolis.
Fritz Lang, Metropolis film animation beginning of 20th century
Why Highroads instead of elevators only ,2016 April
When we want to walk from the 50the floor of a skyscraper to visit the neighbor’s office or home, which is in the other skyscraper, on the 45th floor, we take the elevator, go 50 floors down and the we walk or drive to the other building and we go again 45 floors up with an elevator.
Burj Al Khalifa Metro Station Dubai / Pedestrian highway
One example for a device, which extracts water from the air: Dew Bank by Kitea Pak — orogially designed for desert situation, but also useful among skyscrapers.
Roza El-Hassan 2016 May All right reserved