The Cities of the Future
Today, for the first time in human history, most of the world's population lives in urban centers. At the same time, several movements have begun to take care of nature, reduce our use of chemicals and polluting processes and seek sustainable alternatives. In several parts of the world, the best architects are already thinking about solutions.
Anyone who has lived in a big city knows that some of the major problems include the long distances and/or transport time from one place to another, especially between home and work, flooding of garbage, either by overproduction, more waste than can be processed, or improper handling, throwing waste where it should not be thrown, insecurity caused primarily by inequality and the lack of safe and convenient recreational spaces, especially for children and adults.
However, the world's megacities continue to grow and many architects and urban planners are already thinking about how to adjust the design of cities to improve the quality of life despite the increasing pressures of urban population.
With regard to the lack of space, the most common solution has always been built up. Big cities are recognized at first glance by the silhouette of the ubiquitous skyscrapers. However, so far this vertical growth has not been performed in a very sustainable way. Instead, it has alienated us even more of nature. Now, considering the new environmental trends, along with several scientific studies demonstrating the physical and psychological benefits of changing the cement with green spaces, more architects are considering the problem of how to meet various human needs, including the need for green spaces and a nontoxic planet within an urban structure. Currently there are several attractive proposals that employ organic architecture to build efficient skyscrapers as you have ever seen.
Singapore is one of the most modern cities in the world and strives to include green elements in its urban planning. As part of a very small country, Singapore City covers more than a third of the entire area of the country. Perhaps for this reason, they are well aware of the need to incorporate green design. A project built and just opened are the Public Gardens by the Bay. The structures are designed to look great like forest trees, and equipped with solar panels covered with native plants. These structures impose a stunning landscape while creating shade in the sultry weather. Another great project is The Poiz Residences to live in a clean environment.
Another project approved but yet to be built in Singapore is the Editt Tower. This 26-story skyscraper will generate its own energy from biogas and also feature solar panels and natural ventilation. But more interesting is the design of the exterior of the building; in order to enhance biodiversity and rehabilitate the local ecosystem, the whole building will be covered by a layer of native vegetation alive.
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