How do you envision the city of the future?


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How do you envision the city of the future?

  1. 1. L. How do you envision the city of the future? Dávid Borsós IE Global MBA+ Application
  2. 2. In the future … … more cities are built  … most people live in cities (70% by 2050)1  … resources are scarce  … water utilization is critical  … waste and GHG production increase  … technological inventions help to maintain urban lifestyle
  3. 3. The city of the future … … is resilient  … protects its citizens (threats might come from outside or inside) … is built in a modular basis  … has a redundant setup  … has diverse services
  4. 4. Structure • The structure of the cities will resemble the cells of living organisms • The different cells have their own specific functions: • • • • residental areas commercial areas public areas Cells can change their functions to help the develpoment of the city
  5. 5. Buildings • The building of the city are built from materials that are available around the city • This decreases not only the cost of construction but also the cost of maintenance • Using wood wherever it is possible (even for skyscrapers)2 can further decrease the carbon footprint of humanity
  6. 6. Food Production • Food production must be as close to the consumers as possible to reduce transportation costs (both environmental and economic): • • • • • Fruits and vegetables can be grown inside the city Community gardens can be located on the top of the buildings By using hydroponics vertical gardening can also be introduced Hydroponics increases the density of food production and reduces the required land for feeding the city3 The rest of the food production should be organized in a few hundred kilometers radius around the city
  7. 7. Sewage & waste • The city’s lymphatic system • Future cities need fast waste and sewage transportation to places that make waste selection, recycling, treatment and energy production • From every cell in the city waste and sewage are transported to nodes where the preprocessing of the waste can be done
  8. 8. Water supply • • • • Water service is one of the most important utility in a city Today we waste a lot of water for cleaning and sewage transportation In the city of the future drink water and greywater systems are separated After proper treatment greywater can be used both in households and in gardening
  9. 9. Communication • • • The utilities and services in the cells and among the cells are in a common communication network4 They provide information to each other about their health status Based on this feedback critical services (such as power plants, water and sewage transportation system) can react in time and adapt their output
  10. 10. Transportation • • • • • • The average diameter of a district is around 1 km Inside a district walking and cycling are preferred Among the cells fast public transport system is built Inter-city transportation is handled by high-speed trains that move in vacuum (similar to the Hyperloop5) In-city and inter-city hubs are well connected Other vehicles, which are needed to reach rural areas, are located at the border of the cities
  11. 11. Power Supply • Every cell (district) has its own mitochondrion • Small molten salt reactors are built in each district6 • By-products of waste and sewage treatment also supports power generation • Solar energy is used for local food production • Wind energy is used for air circulation and temperature control
  12. 12. Summary • Green areas / Parks • Residental areas • Vehicle parking • Commercial areas • Public buildings • Farming areas • Local power plants
  13. 13. References - Hyperlinks • 1 – WHO • 2 – Michael Green • 3 – Vertical Hydroponic Growing Systems • 4 – Conference about Smart Cities – Tokyo • 5 – Extreme Engineering - S01E03, SpaceX • 6 – Taylor Wilson, Wikipedia