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Back to the Futurist: Melissa Sterry

Back to the Futurist: Melissa Sterry

Who is Melissa Sterry? For our second interview in the Back to the Futurist series, we interview an old friend of Urban Times Melissa Sterry. Melissa is a futurist and design scientist specializing in emergent and future sustainable innovation in the built environment, design, manufacturing, materials, publishing, media and communications. A PhD researcher at the Advanced...
Back to the Futurist

Back to the Futurist

Back to the Futurist What do the names Buckminster Fuller, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Kurzweil, Iain M. Banks, Graham Hancock and James Cameron all have in common? They’ve been futurists. URBN FUTR is running a series on leading futurists from around the world. We will be speaking to the break-through generation of futurists, amongst whose ranks are...
New Breeds of Cities - Fictional Solutions to Future Problems

New Breeds of Cities – Fictional Solutions to Future Problems

Urbanization: The Rise With the rise of Urbanization, cities will soon face the issue of accommodating an influx of citizens. This will result in increased housing developments, and for land-scarce urban centers, increase in high-rises. After all, if a city cannot or will not expand outward due to any variety of reasons, the only way...
Global Energy Projections for 2040

Global Energy Projections for 2040

According to the world’ largest publicly traded company, ExxonMobil, meeting energy demands in 2040 won’t be all that different from today. Well that’s not entirely true, because as you will read below, we’re going to be getting a whole lot more efficient at managing the energy we use. The full report, which you can find...
Building The Bionic City: The Ultimate Smart City

Building The Bionic City: The Ultimate Smart City

Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Leonardo da Vinci exemplifies the pertinence of Einstein’s comment, for as an illegitimate child da Vinci was exempt from receiving a formal education and thus self-taught; learning much of what he knew from his personal observations of the natural world....
Homo Neutralis: A Sustainable Urban Species

Homo Neutralis: A Sustainable Urban Species

Recent years have seen a flurry of speculation as to the form and structure of a city able to sustainably support our future needs. But is such speculation just wasted, wishful thinking? Emerging research in the fields of human evolution suggest that a new chicken and egg debate is forming in relation to our urban...