12. LIVING AND WORKING IN THE EXISTING CITIES
Pyramid cities are the solutions for new cities or expansion of existing ones. Living and working on walking distance within the existing cities can be realized as following:
- If anywhere within the existing city 1km2 of building plot is available, a pyramid city can be built, which allows for 100.000 people of deprived areas or slums to move to a proper home. Which will free up 30-1=29km2 of building plot in the old city to purpose green areas or more newly built housing.
- When the deprived area or slum is demolished, on the 29km2 one or many pyramid cities and or villages can be realized. And so on.
- By building over existing highways and rail tracks (pictures 6 and 7) a city like Amsterdam can house another 200.000 habitants, if they were to overbuilt the entire Ring Road around the city. These people would not have to travel long distances each day from their home to their work, and vice versa. Which could greatly affect the daily traffic jams. And it would free up a large amount of parking space and office buildings within the city, which could allow for the city centre to be made a car-free zone.
- By building apartment pyramids (pictures 7 and 8) with a minimum surface of 150x150 meters smaller freed up plots can be built on, because these come with the same benefits as the pyramid cities. The NOVEM has already calculated that with such a method of construction no energy will be needed any more from fossil fuels.