Future Cities: 10 Unique Projects. Part 1

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What is city of the future”? What should it look like? These and many other questions are asked by writers, designers, engineers and architects. Any contemporary project of the future city includes many aspects. For example, environmental issues, simplicity of movement, efficient use of space and maximum comfort for people.
When I was surfing the Net in search of interesting projects of the future cities, I came across a set of unique projects, presented on www.qwrt.ru. Some projects are only at the stage of development, but the others are already being built.
Today I’d like to tell you about two of them.

Probably, the most difficult task is to build a city, where people can move around without cars. The government of China decided to meet the challenge and approved the project of the city without cars called “Great City”.
Great City is being built in the countryside near Chengdu. 80.000 inhabitants, who will live in the city, will be able to move around the city on foot or by bicycle.
The unique planning of the city will allow going without cars completely. The houses will be placed in the center of Great City and offices and administrative buildings will be around. Walking from the center to an external ring will take 10 minutes.
According to the project, the Chinese city of the future will consume 58% less water and 47% less electric power. It will have 89% less waste than the conventional cities of similar size.

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture bureau considers that compact planning is the main criterion of the city of the future and wants to create a ‘Super Sustainable City’.
Specialists of the bureau suggest turning Swedish city Gothenburg into the City of the Future. According to the project plan, compact planning, using roofs for gardens placement, solar batteries and windmills should satisfy all food and energy needs of the inhabitants.

Other projects presented on the site are also very interesting, I will write about them a bit later.

Author: Olesya Vakhrusheva, 2nd year student of the Department of Social Communications, TSU
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