Future cities grow up and power themselves

Cities of the future, if the predictions of architects and urban planners prove correct, will grow upward, not outward.

Future urban planning and design may see an increasing trend toward multi-purpose environments. Indeed these may be the key to evolving cities of the future, with everyday living going from the individual to the communal. Social aspects, which have diminished due to urban density and design, may return to communities as this change integrates into the greater built environment.

An evolving urban landscape will see the humble house replaced with minimalist dwelling as our cities grow upward, not out and urban sprawl will become increasingly rare.

With skyrocketing costs in both infrastructure and utilities, many expect a diversity in living styles to catalyse over the next decade.

According to Giles Tribe Architects and Urban Planners principal Mark Broadley, City of Sydney director of planning, development and transport Graham Jahn and Victoria’s associate government architect Jill Garner future accommodation will be aimed at reducing the human eco-footprint and the level of impact that individuals have indirectly on the environment, whilst providing opportunities for sustainable design.

Eco-friendly will be another key to future existence, with power generation products tipped to become a staple of future building. Whether wind turbines or solar panels, both residential and commercial dwellings will be energy and waste-efficient.

Buildings inevitably, are expected to increasingly integrate with the natural environment, rather than taking from it, whilst energy consumption and waste production will become increasingly important aspects for reduction.

Whilst seemingly a little too utopian, one thing is for certain; the future holds the answers.

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