05 Mar NEW CIVIL ENGINEER: UTOPIAN CITY IN THE SKY, BRISTOL
Cities are about people. Our population must be central to our thought processes when planning our future cities.
By the year 2085 the world’s population is predicted rise to be over 10,000 million (10billion) with a UK population of 100 million.
This increase in population will create many urban challenges.
Our cities must evolve and reinvent themselves to be able to foster a better quality of life for the people in eventually overcrowded cities.
One specific challenge we face is how to meet our current housing demands?
We must move away from the unsustainable idea of suburban sprawl and building on greenfield sites to the idea of a much more efficient and well-designed urban environment.
Density is therefore a problem so what if our cities themselves take to the sky?
IMAGINING THE CITY OF THE FUTURE
A great domed construction of vast, inter-connected mega-structures: A city above the city, a city in the sky.
This future vision will receive criticism and praise along a wide spectrum, from a pessimistic, dystopian view to an optimistic, utopia-like solution.
While each of these poles of thinking are problematic in their own right – The vision warps our present understanding of the city, and therefore furthering our dialogue about how to solve real problems that our cities are going to be faced with in the decades to come.