On the Mississippi River will be placed this 30 million square foot beast tech building named NOAH and is meant to house 40,000 residents.
NOAH boasts 20,000 residential units as well as 3 hotels and 1,500 timeshare units. Also housed within the triangular walls of this one-stop-building will be commercial space (stores), parking for 8,000 cars, cultural spaces, public works, schools, an administrative office, and a health care facility. This means that you could live your whole life within NOAH if you wanted to. NOAH has been specifically designed to withstand the hurricanes that have ravaged the city on the Mississippi in the past.
In terms of sustainability, we were at first skeptical as we are with most super massive structures, but the fact that so many inhabitants are meant to occupy the space offsets NOAH’s giant footprint. Another plus is that NOAH will supposedly “eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure” via vertical and horizontal internal electric transport links, creating a pedestrian-friendly community.
Other eco-friendly elements include secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, a passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, grey water treatment, solar array banding panels, river based water turbines and a lot of other innovations. And if NOAH truly is hurricane-proof, that will make the city more sustainable than any wind turbines or solar panels ever could.