Spacial Optimization

Encouraging Productive Rooftops

This is an outline for a public policy which would encourage the productive usage of rooftop areas, to optimize space utlization in urban areas.

Many uses can be classified as productive, and various indexes can be applied to prioritize usage based on the needs of the community.

Examples of productivity:

  • πŸ—£ Socially Productive

    • πŸ’• Things which encourage community bonding and socialization, such as:

    • πŸ›‹ Lounges, 🌳 parks, πŸ‘™ pools, 🍻 bars, πŸ” restaurants, etc.

  • ⚑️ Ecologically productive

    • β˜€οΈ Sustainable electricity production: Solar panels, wind farms, etc.

    • 🌽 Sustainable agriculture: Food, Vegetable Gardens, Hydroponic farms, etc.

Source: Note Jun 29, 2019

Source: Note Jun 29, 2019

Here’s a picture of a building in Chicago that I noticed would have both productive and unproductive surfaces, possibly making the building break even in terms of taxes/subsidies.

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Here’s a gif of my initial sketch that I manually drew, until I realized that it’d be a lot easier to make in an illustrator app, like Affinity. Luckily it serves as a eye-catching thumbnail.

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Please drop a comment below if you’ve got any thoughts about this idea, or hop into the conversation on twitter!