A lot is going on in the cities, and they are rapidly growing and evolving with new developments every day. In our daily lives in the cities, we encounter a variety of challenges too. In order to address these challenges, innovation is and has always been a key. Cities are becoming considerably more important than they were a few decades ago, as more and more people reside in them than on the rural side of the planet. What will the future city look like?

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Technology and social media will completely change the way we live, work, and move in the liquid city. We are the individuals who develop cities, and we can alter them with the resources we have today without dismantling anything. Instead of enormous factories manufacturing a variety of things, we now have cities and technologies such as 3D printing that can manufacture the same products without taking up as much area as large factories. Earlier, energy was produced by coal plants, nuclear power stations, and other plants, but now, due to technological advances such as solar panels, cities have become energy producers themselves. People used to commute to work via busy roads and then return back home through the same busy roads. People nowadays can work from home using online technologies such as email, skype, and other such services. They used to have a distinct place for food production. Nowadays, rooftops are being used to produce food.

Urbanization is becoming more prevalent. They cannot guarantee that the global climate solution will save mankind, because much depends on how we develop our cities, not just in terms of environmental effect but also in terms of our social well-being, economic vibrancy, sense of community, and connectedness. Getting all of these things the right way can help us tackle the climate change problem because our behaviour appears to be the root cause of the problem. It is up to us to live our own lives in a certain manner. 

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Principles 

More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities, with an additional 2.5 billion expected to do so by 2050. From climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of togetherness, the way we design future cities will be at the heart of everything that counts. Peter Calthorpe is already envisioning future cities and campaigning for community design that prioritises human contact. He lays out seven basic ideas for dealing with expansion and creating smarter, more sustainable communities. These principles for developing better cities have been adopted by the Chinese government at the highest levels, and now they’re being implemented almost globally as universal principles. 

Preserve – Natural ecologies, rural landscapes, and cultural heritage locations should all be preserved. 

Mix – Develop mixed-use spaces and mixed-income communities.

Walk – There isn’t a fantastic city in the world where you don’t like walking. Make streets that are hospitable to pedestrians and communities that are on a human size.

Bike – The most efficient mode of transportation is the bicycle. Start prioritising the bike network and free roadways.

Connect – It is the street network that allows for several routes rather than a single route and gives a variety of roadway types rather than just one. As a result, increasing the density of the road network and restricting the block size are both effective.

Ride – We need to invest more resources into public transportation. Autonomous automobiles will not fix the problem for us. Instead, they increase traffic and Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT). As a result, build high-quality transit and low-cost Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Focus – Unlike the old prefabricated freeways, there is a city hierarchy built on transit. It’s a significant shift in thinking. Density and mix should be matched to transit capacity.

Cities have become more transparent in recent years, and we now know a lot about them due to technological advances like Google Street View and other types of data. As smart citizens, we can use all of the data accessible to empower and change the cities we want to live in, and we can use it to change the cities we want to live in. People involved in the development of these cities are becoming increasingly obsolete. Instead of dismantling our cities, we ourselves are becoming city constructors, setting up the cities we want. Our cities are melting into a liquid as a result of all of these advancements, which include a unique place to stay, live, work, create energy and food, and many other things. All of these connections between cities and their residents are being connected to one another, and we can create the cities we want to live in by utilising all of these connections. A liquid city’s entire beauty is in its fluidity.

References:

TEDx Talks. (2015). The liquid city | Farid Tabarki | TEDxMaastrichtSalon. [YouTube video]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uG_EROMLc4 

TEDx Talks. (2017). 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe. [YouTube video]. Available at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFjD3NMv6Kw&t=104s 

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Dedipya believes that Architecture is like music to our eyes and Writing is a way of building those unforgettable spaces. She thinks that writing brings a connection between people and Architecture. Reading and sketching are something that she never gets bored of.

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