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A groundbreaking 619-page, full-color book that envisions a sustainable future through the emerging technologies of Vertical Cities.
A groundbreaking 619-page, full-color book that envisions a sustainable future through the emerging technologies of Vertical Cities.
156 backers pledged $8,088 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank You Backers!

Thanks to you, this project has been a mile-high success. We’d also like to thank Lloyd Alter at Tree Hugger and Ben Schiller at Fast Company for publishing our story. And of course Kickstarter for choosing us a Staff Pick and as the November 12th Project of the Day. 

As promised, we will be donating dozens of copies of VERTICAL CITY : A Solution to Sustainable Living to schools around the world!  VerticalCity.org

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For every copy of VERTICAL CITY : A Solution to Sustainable Living sold, we are donating another copy to an educational institution somewhere in the world! 

This massive -  9” x 12”, 619 page - multicolor, seminal work is hard bound and beautifully printed.

To complete this book, authors Kenneth King and Kellogg Wong interviewed more than 30 of the world's top architects, urban designers, engineers, microbiologists, transportation and sustainability experts to discuss the concept of a Vertical City as a potential solution to many of our world's greatest problems, including rapid population growth, environmental destruction and the loss of arable land.

A Vertical City is a series of interlinking, environmentally friendly, self-sustaining, mega towers that extend as high as a mile skyward.

By building Vertical Cities we can save energy, support our growing population and preserve our horizontal spaces for food production, nature and recreation. 

This bilingual book, written in both English and Chinese, contains over 200 photographs, charts, sketches and diagrams that illustrate the emerging technologies of Vertical Cities and their potential implications for society. It features:

Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill, the architects behind Kingdom Tower, soon to be the world's tallest building.

Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century.

Anthony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

 Detailed Vertical City sketches by architect and author Kennith King.

and much more.

VERTICAL CITY : A Solution to Sustainable Living is the first and only book of its kind but this Kickstarter campaign is about way more than the book.   

Our purpose is to promote the Vertical City concept as a potential solution to many of humanity's most pressing problems and to inspire others to create their own solutions, Vertical City or otherwise.

Because of the size and quality of this book, it will cost us $106.50 per book to printing the first run of 4,000 copies. In addition to the expert contributors, our team has invested thousands of hours into this project including research, development, translation and design.

For every copy sold we will send another copy on your behalf, to a school, library or similar institution for free! You can choose a specific institution, industry or region, or let us decide for you and we will notify you of the recipient.

and Shipping is Free!

You are probably asking yourself, "given that our costs are high and we are giving half of the books away for free, how does it make any sense to sell them for only $150?" Well the truth is, this project is not about making a profit, because we are clearly not going to do that. My personal goal is to honor my father's lifetime architectural practice aimed at making our planet a better place to live. As a team our goal is to start a world wide conversation about vertical cities. If this happens with your help, then the project will have been a big success.

For more information about VERTICAL CITY : A Solution to Sustainable Living, check out our Book Summary.

"Start an Uprising” With a Vertical City Speaker and Moderator

Bring a Vertical City leader, either Lennon Richardson or Lynn King, to your company or non-profit organization to start an intellectually uprising and elevate your organization's vision to new heights. This half-day team building event provides an opportunity for your team to feel inspired and envision a tall future. This package is ideal for those who wish to excel in the architecture, design, engineering and sustainability spaces. $2,500 cover the cost of preparation and facilitators time. Reasonable travel costs not included. This workshop is customizable. Limit of 1.

The Authors

Kenneth King

Born in Shanghai, China in 1933 and currently living in New York City, Kenneth King is an ecologically-driven architect with more than 40 years' experience. He is known for the Montazah project in Alexandria, Egypt and the Mokkattam project in Cairo which has become a model for waste management in developing countries.

Kellogg Wong

Born in Rosedale, Mississippi in 1928, Kellogg Wong has been practicing architecture for more than 50 years. Mr. Wong has participated in award winning and well-known projects like the School of Journalism at Syracuse University, Everson Museum, the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation in Singapore and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.

Our Team

As the son of Kenneth King, I am hosting this campaign on behalf of my father who is currently in China.

Our team is a group of architects, entrepreneurs and visionaries who believe that Vertical Cities are a potential solution to many of humanity's greatest problems. We meet regularly in Portland, Oregon.

Our Mission is to create a healthy, harmonious, sustainable and dignified life for everyone through the emerging technologies of Vertical Cities.

This is why we are Dedicated to Building the World's First Vertical City. The building that 100 years from now people point to and say "That changed everything!” We aren’t there yet, but this Kickstarter campaign is the foundation.

The Experts

Architecture:

  • Mark Anderson FAIA, Anderson Anderson Architecture

  • Peter Anderson FAIA, Anderson Anderson Architecture

  • Gordon Gill AIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

  • T.J. Gottesdiener FAIA, Skidmore Owings & Merrill T.

  • William Pedersen FAIA, Founder of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

  • Adrian Smith FAIA, RIBA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

  • Antony Wood B.Arch., Ph.D., Executive Director of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Technology:

  • Rick Barker Principal, Barker Mohandas Vertical Transportation Consultants

  • Scott Ceasar P.E., Senior Vice President of Cosentini Associates

  • Carl Galioto, FAIA, Senior Principal at HOK

  • Robert Heintges, FAIA, Founding Principal of R. A. Heintges & Associates

  • Marvin A. Mass P.E., Chairman of Cosentini Associates,

  • Dennis Poon, B.C.E., M.Eng., Vice Chairman at Thornton Tomasetti

  • Leslie E. Robertson, P.E., C.E., S.E., D.Sc., D.Eng., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, AIJ, JSCA, AGIR, Director of Design at Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Planning:

  • Erich Arcement, P.E.,PTOE, Senior Vice President Sam Schwartz Engineering

  • Thomas J. Campanella, Ph.D., M.L.A., Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Chengri Ding, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Urban Studies and Planning Program of the University of Maryland.

  • Philip Enquist, FAIA, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

  • James Jao, NCARB, NABAR, SAFEA, AIA, RA, Founder of J.A.O. Design International

  • Jaime Lerner, Architect Urban Planner, founder of the Instituto Jaime Lerner and chairman of Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados.

  • Liu Thai-Ker M.Arch, Hon. Sc.D, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd

  • Bruno Roberto Padovano, M.Arch, Ph.D., Founder of Entrevista Bruno Padovano

Sustainability:

  • Ajmal Aqtash AIA, Form-ula Core.form-ula

  • Dickson Despommier Ph.D., Vertical Farm

  • Gregory Kiss AIA, Kiss + Cathcart Architects

  • Ashok Raiji P.E., LEED AP, Arup

  • Richard Register, Founder and President of Ecocity Builders

  • Maria Sevely, Project Director of FORM | Proforma

Quality of Life:

  • Rhonda Phillips Ph.D., AICP, CECD, Associate Dean of Barrett

  • Jorge Eduardo Rubies Esq., Preserva São Paulo Association

  • Alfredo Vicente de Castro Trindade, Secretriat of the Environment Curitiba, Brazil

For more information on the experts visit: VerticalCity.org/Experts

Thank you for supporting our effort to share this groundbreaking work with the world.

Visit us at VerticalCity.org

Risks and challenges

This book is already written and almost ready to print, so our fulfillment challenges are limited. Shipping cost will be significant and may take longer for some international locations.

Your support helps us increase our reach and further the world conversation around Vertical Cites.

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    Inspirational Team Building Event + 2 Signed Books: "Start an Uprising" by bringing a Vertical City facilitator to your organization to inspire teamwork, stimulate innovation, and elevate your organization's vision to new heights (transportation not included). + We will send you 2 autographed hard copies of VERTICAL CITY.

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