A vision of the urban building of the future

What will the urban building look like in the year 2050? Giant engineering firm Arup looks toward the future in their Foresight publication and envisions how our buildings might look like in the future.

“In 2050 the urban dweller and the city ar in a state of constant flux- changing and evolving in reaction to emerging contexts and conditions. The urban building of the future fosters this innate quality, essentially functioning as a living organism in its own right- reacting to the local environment and engaging with the users within.”

“Prefabricated and modular systems are moved and assembled by robots that work seamlessly together to install, detect, repair and upgrade components of the building system. Technology spaces and facades can be rapidly manipulated and modified, dictated by factors such as the addition or subtraction of program, density of dwellers, or other context based and environmental cues.”

It has everything: fuel cells, algae, wind turbines, farming and more, it is not just a vertical city, it is a vertical bio-shed.

“The building helps to optimise city-wide production, storage and consumption of everything from food and energy to water. Brought about by a concern for a depleting natural resources, lack of physical space and drastic climate change, food production systems, like green spaces, become integral elements of the sustainable and smart city.”

It is a fascinating concept, full of good ideas. Josef Hargrave of ARUP tells BDonline:

“By producing food and energy, and providing clean air and water, buildings evolve from being passive shells, into adaptive and breathing structures supporting the cities of tomorrow.”

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