Future City Vision of Sufia Khan

Future City – My Vision of Future City

“How can we plan or design a city better place. Future city is our imagination city”.

            Future city is a conceptualized plotted development which promises great harmony, place and social existence for a better future and should be eco-friendly and fully developed community township.

            Today, a challenge that every city is facing is to best deliver the resources and services needed to ensure a thriving population and good economic performance.

            Before planning a city we should know the location, topography and climate of that area.

            My future city should be free from the problems of overpopulation, congestion, sanitation, traffic, roads, drainage system, transportation, communication, pollution, environmental problems and governance system.

Future City Agenda :

  • Why do cities need to change
  • Future city infrastructure
  • Future city communication
  • Future city transportation
  • Future city population
  • Future city pollution
  • Future city environmental problems
  • Future city Governance system
  • Future city food resources
  • Future city energy

Why do future cities need to change ?

  • The urban population is expected to double by 2050, i.e. an additional 3.5 billion city inhabitants.
  • By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth population will reside in urban centres.
  • The 3.5 billion additional citizens will consume more, generate more pollution, and cause further damage to our stressed ecosystems.

Infrastructure :

        First, there should be good, helpful and useful arrangement or patterns of houses, hospitals, schools, ATM roads and parks and drainage system.

        One important component is the shift from single-function to multifunctional infrastructure. Past designs solved one particular problem but our future cities will allow and serve many interests. Future infrastructure designs will need to be anticipatory and proactive to be truly sustainable. Infrastructure designs will not only have to anticipate short term, local conditions, but long term. After sandy and Katrina, for example, solutions were focused on future sea level rise driven by climate change and the infrastructures necessary to protect these cities from future flooding. Earthquake resistant houses in that areas. It is estimated that, in future there will be more problems of space, so sky scrappers buildings and floating houses are important and vertical gardens and green buildings will make the environment fresh and beautiful. Industry should be far away from the settlement.

Communication and Transportation :

        Almost every developing countries and in India, almost every city is facing the problems of the transportation system and traffic congestion. There will be a very good system of public transportation and instead of a personal car, people should traveling by public buses which causes less traffic and less pollution (air, noise). There will be  king road which connected every areas and flyover in congested areas. Cities will have dedicated bike lanes. In future there should be self-driven taxis, taxi services will be much more userfriendly and taxis will be hybrid solar electric powered.

        Cities can develop advanced traffic management systems, including traffic cameras, variable message signs, traffic detectors, weather stations, traffic website, online ticket booking and mobile apps to improve urban transport.

Environmental Problems and Pollution :

        A 1% increase in national urban growth income creates 0.69% increase in municipal solid waste amount. To manage this waste growth, remarkable changes to waste composition must be made. Existing open dumps must be replaced with smart waste management systems. The future city waste management structure will be completely overhauled in include very complex recycling processes, for example waste water recycling, garbage recycling processes. Future city should be free from air, water and noise pollution.

        Artificial trees to scrub the air, many metropolises lack green spaces. As a result of the cities, air quality also declines, artificial trees filters dust and other pollutants from the air.

Food resources :

        Today, over 800 million wet, is committed to soil-based agriculture, or about 38% of the total landmass of the earth. It is predicted that over the next 50 years, the human population will require an additional 109 hectare To feed them using current technologies 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them.

        ‘Future city food will come from highly efficient, and highly automated localized organic vertical farming’.

        Use of more crop rotation, highly mechanized farming and good quality of fertilizers and machineries, easily supply of water and more important is that reduce food waste.

Energy System

  1. Intelligent closed loop energy systems.
  • Smart grids – electric grids that operate on supply and demand systems.
  • Smart appliances
  • Smart residences and buildings
  • Peak energy demands will be automated to run during hours of the day.
  1. Maximising energy reuse –
  • Cities need to establish strong policies and standards to develop sustainable urban reusable energy systems.
  • Governments need to promote research, innovation, and the adoption of greener technologies.
  1. Lowering energy consumption and waste –
  • Change has to come from the end users – residents and industries.
  • Consumption and recycling habits need to change.
  • Use of solar energy and in future energy will generate from the garbage and waste materials.
  • According to the UNEP, cities account for 70% of the world’s energy use, and this is rapidly increasing.

People and Government : Social responsibility changes will be required and will become the norm –

  • Environmental protection
  • Supporting and fostering green economics
  • Recycling
  • Safety
  • Focus on smart and manageable growth

Government support and manageable growth

  • The people and individual organization will not be able to create the new structural reforms and systems to manage the growth of the cities.

Democracy is considered the best form of government because the rulers are elected by the people for the people and also elected to the people, but now a days these systems are also not working ‘free and fair’. According to me in future there should be no any fixed government for a fixed period of time.

Future Cities of Imagination

These cities span from the garden bridges to self-contained biosphere.

  1. Floating Cities: A self-contained community that floats on water.
  2. Paris Smart City 2050: This projection of Paris is pretty and impressive. Belgian architect, which imagines antismog towers with de-polluting properties, photosynthesis towers covered in algae and vertical farming oriented ‘Farmscrapers’.
  3. Sub-Biosphere 2: Sub-biosphere 2, which is envisioned as a fully self-contained community that floats on the water’s surface during good weather and goes submarine when the waves get rough.
  4. Beijing 2050: The architects have reimagined the Chinese capital as a decidedly greener place.
  5. Garden Bridge London: London’s Garden Bridge is focused on bringing more greenery. A Thames-Spanning walkway filled with pretty foliage.
  6. Oasis: One of the coolest city concepts, the plan envisions abodes that are inspired by and effectively function as trees. They are oxygen free producing, sustainable, off-grid and pretty too.
  7. Paris of the future : Created by illustrator Paul Chadrisson, this stunning vision of a futuristic Paris is awesome and spooky all at once.
  8. Vertical Forest : The vertical forest, proposed and created by Milanese architectural studio Stefano is an example of a futuristic, super-green project that has actually made it into the real world.

        The smart cities concepts have gained a lot of attention lately and it will most likely continue to do so in the future.

        Smart technologies can provide solutions for cities by helping them save money, reduce carbon emissions and manage traffic flows.

        Most of the plans for the future city or smart city are planned mainly in developed countries like U.S., U.K., U.A.E., Japan and also in China.

                Future city is one imaginary city but it also will become the need of future.

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About Rashid Faridi

I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
This entry was posted in Class Assignments M.Sc. Geography 2017-19 AMU, Aligarh, earth, opinions, urban morphology, Urban Studies, vision. Bookmark the permalink.

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