Linear City Proposal for 9 Million: Nyams Ambition to Take Up Less Land
- Nyam is a proposal for a city that would be housed within a single line, measuring 105 miles long
- The arm is 200 meters wide, 500 meters tall and designed to house 9 million people
- The ambition of Nyam is to take up less land than a sprawling City, however it is fraught with problems
- Nyam is a reaction to the perception that cities are not designed with people in mind, but actually reflects ideas created out of the Industrial Revolution which prioritize machines over humans
- Despite its potential advantages, linear cities have rarely been implemented due to their lack of human focus and difficulty in growth beyond their initial design
- Soria’s proposal for Madrid was the first linear city concept, though it only grew 5 kilometers compared to its original 50 kilometer length before being absorbed by the greater City.
Challenges of Implementing Linear City Planning
- Linear cities, such as those proposed by Lou Capuzia, Nikolay A. Miliutin, Ivan Leonardov, and Edgar Chambliss, are considered impractical due to their lack of evenly distributed growth
- Difficulty in keeping development away from the edges
- And tendency to lack urban centers which can lead to feelings of discomfort and disorientation
- Creating efficient transportation networks requires a high level of planning and coordination which often exceeds the capabilities of an individual city or demands an authoritarian regime.
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