A big climb to new skyscrapers in Shanghai is being converted into a walkable building

“Why isn’t the ground connecting with buildings?” the architects at construction firm E&E Construct told Shanghai Daily. They believe one of the ways to solve the problem is through “walkable buildings.” What that translates…

A big climb to new skyscrapers in Shanghai is being converted into a walkable building

“Why isn’t the ground connecting with buildings?” the architects at construction firm E&E Construct told Shanghai Daily. They believe one of the ways to solve the problem is through “walkable buildings.” What that translates to, in practice, are structures where every corner of a rooftop connects to another. “We explored unique structures that were walking, running, sliding, and even crawling through the building envelope,” E&E Construct said in its press release announcing the elevator-station/air conditioning installation that it is converting into a walkable building, slated to open in a couple of years. There are about 2,300 walkable buildings in Shanghai, according to a city planner. This new iteration of walkable architecture is meant to attract young working residents, as per Shanghai Daily’s description. “I think this is a smart solution for me,” Shanghai graduate student Ye Biao told the publication. “With the amenities of the actual building right above my head, I’ll feel totally at home.”

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