You may have heard about the artist who plans to bring a pop-up forest to Times Square. It sounds like something out of an eco-conscious sci-fi flick, but the Kickstarter has been funded and if all goes to plan, the forest will take root in June 2016.

Now imagine a totally different future for Times Square. One that’s decidedly less… nature-y.

That’s the vision of Blake Freitas, Grace Chen, and Alexi Kararavokiris, who together entered architecture magazine eVolo‘s annual skyscraper-design competition. They didn’t take the top prize, but they earned honorable mention for Times Squared 3015 – a completely batsh*t insane tower that packs everything needed to sustain an urban community into one 5,687-foot-tall vertical space.

Here’s what it looks like:

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“As our planet continues to overpopulate, Times Squared 3015 is an opportunity to explore the spatial, environmental, and experimental possibilities of vertical living,” write the creators. “This tower embraces the problems of overpopulation, farm production, oxygen generation, and the re-purposing of obsolete infrastructure.”

Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying there’s a crazy amount of stuff packed into this building.

The ‘scraper is divided into “destination zones,” much like “the different districts in a horizontal city.” Residents would have access to vertical farming, a beach, a mountain range, a stadium, and even a redwood forest in Times Squared 3015.

Located above and below the residential/destination modules are a series of retail-themed entertainment modules . These ‘sky malls’ pay homage to the legacy of Times Square and draw upon its vitality, extending the same “excitement and energy vertically throughout the tower.”

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At the peak is an observation deck, an “enclosed city in the sky” that offers “dizzying views of the city within a city.”

Imagine the sweet selfies you could take from a mile in the air.

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There’s also some cool technical stuff about a vertical subway system, oxygen generation, and solar exposure for the nerds.

Visit eVolo for more detailed explanations and larger versions of these charts:

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Could this self-sustaining city experience be the future of Manhattan?

It’s intriguing except for one tiny issue: what happens if the elevators go out?

5,687 feet of stairs? No thank you.

[Featured Image: eVolo]


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