Urban Life

Building in Safety

Large buildings have their own set of safety concerns, and this is doubly true in urban areas. Whether they are used for living space or...

Urban Life

Urban Roadways and Transportation

Large cities have an amazing amount of foot and vehicle traffic. Some roadways will see more traffic in a month than a suburban or rural...

Urban Life

Buildings in the City

Urban areas have become more crowded as societies leave rural living in the past. Children from rural and suburban areas leave home to find their...

Urban Life

Cities Today Continue To Grow In Population

Throughout much of history, mankind has struggled with transportation issues. Moving people and goods from origin to destination took a great deal of time. Lucky...

Throughout much of history, mankind has struggled with transportation issues. Moving people and goods from origin to destination took a great deal of time. Lucky people had horses, but most had to travel by walking. Homes and businesses needed to crowd together for efficiency more than any other reason. This made land in the center of an urban area a premium. This concept still holds true today.

Cities today continue to grow in population, but their boundaries have been permanently set. Creating space in these urban areas requires builders to think vertical rather than horizontal. This is not a new concept, and it was used as far back as the medieval era. Shop keepers had their businesses on the ground floor and their household on the second floor. It garnered them frontage on the small cobbled streets where traffic passed with no travel from home. Modern cities are built on a larger scale, but the idea of combined living space and work space is still used today.