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Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

According to the Vertical Farm Project, by the year 2050 the earth’s human population will have increased by around 3 billion, and 80% will reside in urban centers. The project estimates 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than the area of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them,...
Back to the Futurist: Liam Young

Back to the Futurist: Liam Young

The fourth post of the Back to the Futurist series is dedicated to Liam Young. Previous in Series: Noah Raford Who is Liam Young? Liam currently lives and works in London as an independent urbanist, designer and futurist. He was named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture...
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...
Is There Anybody Out There?

Is There Anybody Out There?

Is there life elsewhere in the universe? The answer to this most fundamental question is either yes, meaning we are part of a cosmos dotted with other lifeforms and perhaps even other civilisations, or no, in which case we are unique, special and alone. What would it mean to us...
Natural Disasters in 2050 - Episode 1: Floods

Natural Disasters in 2050 – Episode 1: Floods

With city-wide flood disasters predicted by 2070, it has become ever more paramount that humans hone their abilities to accurately predict and counter-act the dangerous forces of nature. Most of us are beginning to realize that if we treat the world as well as we possibly can, as a collective...
Road Raised

Road Raised

The City of Many Layers The sci-fi movie fantasies depicting the cities of tomorrow have a range of commonalities: the sheer density of urban form, the soaring building heights and the multistorey compartmentalization of space into different uses. The ground becomes the seedbed for humans to pass around with proportionally...
MEMO: Lunch at the Ecopolis at 2pm

MEMO: Lunch at the Ecopolis at 2pm

The future business centers take shape in the Ecopolis island constructs of wealthy nations. Meanwhile, the arctic poles are bringing their own problems. The research summits of Doha, Qatar are shaping the destiny of world transit...
Welcome to Future City

Welcome to Future City

With the global urban population proliferating at a rate of knots every year, perhaps even absorbing 60% of humanity by the end of this decade, it has become one of the most pivotal questions that mankind has to ask itself: Can the cities of Planet Earth support us all? Although...
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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...
A Voyage to the Future

A Voyage to the Future

Technologies of the future will owe much to the space industry as they do today, but what of our future in space itself? Though the space cities that sprawl across our science fiction may be some way off, we have already taken our first faltering steps in that direction. The International Space Station continues to...
The Future of Trash-Based Bio-Fuels [Infographic]

The Future of Trash-Based Bio-Fuels [Infographic]

If it takes one ton of garbage to generate 70 gallons of ethanol, is it really worthwhile? By decreasing the need to chop down trees, triggering new employment sectors and overhauling the way in which we power our vehicles… It seems trash-based bio-fuels will assume a strong ranking in the future of energy on Planet...
Now and When: Harnessing Rising Sea Levels

Now and When: Harnessing Rising Sea Levels

Now and When, an exhibition curated by John Gollings, Ivan Rijavec and Craig Bremner, was Australia’s response to the 2010 Venice Biennale theme ‘people meet in architecture’. The exhibition was composed in two parts. The first was a photographic essay ‘NOW’ by esteemed Australian photographer John Gollings documenting the catastrophic, yet strangely beautiful reality of ‘digging up the west to build...
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....