Future Cities

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The future of urban life is being built today as more and more humans move into cities. Check out these links to see how closely today’s reality is tracking to the world as described in the novel.

In The Motion Clue, ten billion humans successfully manage to share the earth only by moving the vast majority into a carefully controlled high-rise building infrastructure as described in the novel:

…Zylen’s family lived vertically in one of the thousands of high-rise residential buildings that dominated the Melbourne skyline. For the millions who had migrated in to cities, it was cheaper for the individuals, and more efficient for the government, to settle in skyscraper towers that provided all human services. Energy use could be strictly monitored, waste efficiently treated, and water consistently recycled. If people needed to travel for work, they used subways, monorails and moving sidewalks that connected one building to another. In almost every city, the entire high-rise infrastructure was inter-locked like geometric bricks, and an individual could move from one end of a city to another without setting foot on outside ground. For those that did venture outside, Melbourne had public street transports that traversed set routes to industrial and medical facilities, and to long-distance transport stations, shipping ports and airports. Few people owned private transports, not because it could be expensive, but usually because it was not necessary. Cities provided human wants from sports and culture to education and food, all wants, except privacy and personal control. Crime was virtually non-existent. The dense building infrastructure provided an always-on security grid of cameras and sensors that monitored individuals in every public location. An individual usually had to be rich to be afforded privacy, because that would mean living outside of the city core, where services were rarely provided by the government. – from The Motion Clue


Links (opens new tab) to articles about future city plans and ideas:

Ideas for the new models http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/09/04/cities-of-the-future-what-do-they-look-like-how-do-we-build-them-and-whats-their-impact/

Songdo, South Korea – dirt to sky in a decade – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/09/songdo-south-korea-the-city-of-the-future/380849/

Building vertical http://www.fastcoexist.com/3038353/futurist-forum/a-vision-of-the-vertical-cities-of-the-future

Future City Websites

Ideas from CNN Future Cities http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/future-cities/

Images from artists awesome imaginations  http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cities-of-future-artworks/

Global ideas about all city issues  http://www.ubmfuturecities.com/ 

A national competition for 6th to 8th graders to imagine the city of the future  http://futurecity.org/