Earlier this year, the Burj Khalifa, renowned as the world’s tallest man-made building, opened in Dubai. Inarguably an architectural and technological marvel, the 2,717-feet tall skyscraper contains over 1,000 condos and an Armani hotel; but, while not completely bereft of green features, it’s not exactly a model of cost or green efficiency. Challenging the Burj Khalifa’s height and green efficiency is the Miapolis, a self-contained city being designed by KOBI KARP.
As Inhabitat points out, the Miapolis is more than simply a city: it is a “city within a city,” one that stands poised to stretch higher than the Burj Khalifa at 3,200 feet. Intended to be built on Watson Island in Miami, Florida, the Miapolis would contain entertainment and residential spaces, an observatory, restaurants, two million square feet of shops, over 1,000 apartments, one million square feet of office space, and a 792-room hotel. Amenities it has in spades, but the green stats of the Miapolis are equally impressive. According to Inhabitat, “Miapolis’ eco-factors include the use of 60% wind energy, a modular green roof, greenhouse gas management, water desalinization, storm and wastewater management, solid waste management, electric trolleys, carbon emissions offsets, and carbon sequestration,” and will also be renowned as the “largest LEED-certified structure at any rating level in the United States.”
The construction of the Miapolis will obviously be quite an undertaking, but it is one that is hoped to create thousands of temporary and permanent jobs. On the Miapolis website–which promotes a “new vision of downtown Miami”–the 160-floor Miapolis is projected to create 46,000 construction jobs, 35,000 permanent jobs, and will pay off debts to the city in addition to generating hundreds of millions of dollars for airlines, MIA, and the Port of Miami.