An article written by: Lee Sonogan
“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.” – Ban Ki-moon
Being a futurist, I believe in the construction of new cities from scratch. With all the issues we have in current cities, we have already started designing futuristic cities. Finally, the dream I read of Jacque Fresco will be realised. With the fourth industrial revolution and the rise of the world population people are investing in new cities.
In this following hypothetical city, I will describe what innovative technology means in a city and what existing cities could use for development. And also, there will be a hypothetical budget on this city. Architects, designers, and the science fiction media have given us an image to these types of cities but why would they be better?
No matter where this city would be built you will need to consider environmental factors. Laying the foundation needs to be according to professional building plans and much more. Because underground and everything on top needs to be filled in with great detail. Where the centre of the city can receive the most resources it can and fit in placement within a boundary of suburbs.
Obviously in the boundary suburbs will be residential homes. There is technology in trains where individual carriages of boxes can be moved while the futuristic train is still moving. Also, transportation in and out of the centre of the city could be underground tunnels, autonomous vehicles, fast moving walkways and legalise professionals to use the new flying vehicles/drones.
Speaking of transport used in cities, in all areas of the city ideally smart technology
will be used. If all technology is connected then there will be more effect data-driven decision-making. Which should be used by the public and the people in power. Expanding digital services in communities will make it a more attractive place to live and promote citizen experience.
Smart cities also reduce environmental footprint. Structures and other various technology
would be energy-efficient, recyclable quality air, and various renewable energy sources. Other than the use of solar power, wind power, water turbine power and more, citizens should be able to grow what they want and in designated areas such as a green tower or animal crossings.
A smart city will need smart security. Large scale surveillance can lessen response time and minimise or even eliminate some scenarios. Some areas around the world already use smart security proving that these systems are effective. Even though being watched all the time conflicts with privacy, conservative rules still need to be in place to ensure the safety of all are protected and everyone has complete access to awareness.
The cities of the future will have hundreds of benefits but with like anything there are disadvantages. Concentration of power is concerning to who runs it and the artificial intelligence that we could become dependent on. Innovation and creativity have the potential to be limited stopping some people to think outside the box. And finally, the factor of privacy will be highly reduced within cities.
In conclusion, only a collaboration of people can build a city quite like this. Have the greatest potential for sustainability and growth. And by 2030 hold about 60 percent of the world’s population. Most importantly these cities will be able to improve the quality of life if the focus is on service, not administration. If all these factors are taken care of these high-tech utopias will need to have educated leaders at its centre.
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future. – Frank Herbert
Please watch my new short film below and tell me what you think?