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City visions of the future

Posted on: July 24, 2009


Remember those Sci -fi movies with their elaborate depictions of 25th century cities?

Mega City 1 The Future?

Yesterday at Smart City Futures, BT’s first female futurologist, Lesley Gavin showed how fiction may well become fact.

Lesley asked the audience to consider what a future city would look like using representations from the pages of science fiction.

Would it be like Mega-city One depicting the population living in blocks of 50,000,leading to tribal wars and poverty where some its citizens travel perpetually on the public transport system.

Maybe the vision would unfold as in Soylent Green a 1973 depiction where population growth and scarce resources led to the development of a new food source,a wafer which was found to be made from human tissue.

But back to reality.By 2012 Masdar city is planned for completion in Abu Dhabi.

It will be the world’s first carbon-neutral zero waste city and is the site for the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Lesley told the audience that 50 per cent of the world’s population currently live in urban areas,by 2050 that will be nearer 75 per cent.

Technology will play a major part in creating the future city.From ways of understanding our management of resources to giving options on mobility including how we work and how we interact within the future city.

She left us with a final thought-

Our future cities can be better than those that came out of Hollywood.It is in all our powers to make it so.

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