• Oct 27th 2010 at 5:02PM
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Tata Tower – Click above for high-res image gallery

With a population density currently about seven times greater than the city of Los Angeles, Mumbai has some major overcrowding problems that are only going to get worse. It is projected that in 20 years, with the increased adoption of vehicles, 25 percent of the land area will be covered with cars. The number of people per square mile is already at 59,000, making land critically scarce; losing a quarter of that land would be stifling. Tata Motors (the creator of the Nano) plans to combat this problem with the Tata Tower, a residential community, vertical parking garage and energy generator all in one.

Designed by Seth Ellsworth & Jayoung Kim, the tower provides a solution to Mumbai's overcrowding problem and the ensuing impact on the environment. By thinking vertically, the designers were able to create a structure that could house 930 of Tata's employees along with their families and provide parking spaces for 4,050 electric vehicles using a lot less land space. Additionally, by incorporating louvers that collect solar energy, wind turbines, and an algae farm into their design, the tower will also be able to generate enough energy to run the apartments and charge the parked electric vehicles. Sounds like killing three birds with one stone to us. See more in the gallery below.

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      • 7 Months Ago
      Compared to a standard parking garage, this looks to be no more efficient, possible much less so, and much more expensive and problematic.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Depends how you define efficiency.
      • 7 Months Ago
      How about a 1-child per couple policy to start with?

      And then a ban on cars and implementation of a subway system? dooooh
      • 7 Months Ago
      What would be cooler, is if the building was also the tata offices. So the employees could live and work in the same building. Completely eliminates the commute. Then have a Fleet of evs for check out by employees. That way they don't even need a car of their own, and are always driving their companies newest and best models.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Hmm... Touche. Didn't think that one through entirely... But ignoring that, it'd be awesome, haha.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Personally, I would not want to live in the same building where I work.
        • 7 Months Ago
        But of course then you have a car company demonstrating to everybody how cars are superfluous. Bit of a conflict of interest. I think looking to car companies for smart growth is asking a bit much.
      • 7 Months Ago
      If the population density is that bloody high, I would think the answer has little to do with cars and a lot more to do with public transportation.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Having visited Mumbai several times on business, infrastructure of all kinds is the problem. That and the estimated 20 million people who live there, a large chunk of whom live on the street.