Predicting the future cities: How urban working and living may be impacted by the pandemic
Population density within our cities has been the talk of urban planners and the design and construction communities for some time. COVID-19 has thrown a curve at what experts are predicting cities may look like years into the future.
When the aging Georgia King Village in Newark, New Jersey, was in need of a major makeover, L+M Development Partners and Sto Corp. worked together to restore the 18-story, affordable housing towers. By installing a new exterior to replace the uninsulated precast concrete facade, and using a StoTherm® ci Essence system, the building envelope was upgraded and now provides a more energy efficient, more comfortable, and more attractive residential experience.
As reported by National Geographic this month, iconic buildings are often celebrated for their architecture that has withstood the test of time, but what lies beneath those favorite, enduring facades – the cladding and infrastructure -- does not usually hold up so well. The majority of the world’s most famous structures were built long before sustainability, climate change, recycling and energy efficiency were key trends and mainstream buzz words. Enter the age of retrofit and restoration, which has (thankfully!) become the prevailing practice in preserving vintage structures worldwide. Some iconic structures that have set an example for others to follow include the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Reichstag in Berlin and the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.