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Architectural utopia must become a reality

5SFI - 1078
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California / mx Mexico
1 members
Ana Aguilar

Project type:
Arquitectura

In a not so distant future, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion more people, we’ll need twice the urban environment to make room for them; I’m not sure all the climate change solutions available today will save mankind. That’s why we must learn how to build cities and the importance of getting it right.

This not only affects the environment, it also affects social well-being, economic growth and sense of community; this also isolates and separates people from nature with little human interaction.

We need to build cities with a functional structure model, this’ll shape the cities experience, this makes cities great places to live and visit while making communities thrive.

It's imperative for cities to be integrated, that means districts, landmarks, networks and natural environment should coexist organically. By 2040, I believe cities will retake their endemic identity and become ultra-efficient, prioritizing sustainability and low carbon footprint.

Take “Masdar City” in Abu Dhabi, a city that combines technology with principles of traditional Arab settlements to create a desert community that aims to be carbon neutral and zero waste. The city’s development has an integral role in transforming Abu Dhabi’s economy from an oil dependent one, to a pro-renewable energies and pro-technology one.

Cities are fundamentally about people. If only ⅓ of the population owns vehicles, why is 100% of streets assigned to transportation?. We need to invest, prioritize and design vehicle-free, walkable streets. Develop high quality and affordable transit. It’s been conceived to promote the displacements by foot, and its streets and patios provide an attractive pedestrian environment protected from weather conditions.

Along with air pollution, road safety is a major challenge for our dense and low-income cities to tackle. The solution to this consists on lower emission and autonomous vehicles to operate alongside other human powered vehicles as well as an efficient transportation system and bicycle networks. Shaded streets will be a thing, capturing cooling breezes making them successful public spaces.

Creating spaces like this will give residents easy access to everything they need, reducing transport needs. A mix of educational, housing, retail, and office spaces. Create mixed-use and mixed-income neighborhoods relating between multifunctional spaces and the city as a whole. Buildings densely populated, allowing residents to live and work in the same location and reduces heating, cooling and internal transportation needs.

Water conservation is ensured by high-efficiency appliances with green roofs, low-flow showers, a water tariff, smart water meters and treated wastewater, which is recycled for plant irrigation.

The use of wearables will be imperative. The industry will target its advertising to users based on their profiles. Biophilic design using solar geometry such as intelligent windows and doble-skin structures is a must.

A sustainable and enjoyable way of life doesn’t have to be so hard to achieve, we just need powerful coalitions. If enough groups can understand the problem and benefits we’ll shift people’s minds and make the changes this world needs.

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