How will future cities have economic, ecological and social limits in terms of sustainability and what are the opportunities?
The economic, ecological and social trilogy needs to be addressed holistically through circular city design and closed loop urban systems that work together. Cities should look at integrated smart management systems, wide scale adoption of renewable energy, water harvesting and reuse, inclusion of biodiversity, sustainable transport systems, waste minimization and agriculture that needs to be tied into building level design.
The focus should be on exploration of bioclimatic urban planning mechanisms, biophilic and biomimetic design that use nature-based intelligence in the built environment, ensuring it can thrive alongside natural habitats. There is also a need for more self-sufficient, net-zero buildings that would lead the way for carbon-neutral developments.
A sustainable new paradigm guided by past lessons while anticipating future challenges will help craft nuanced and regionalized solutions. Hence, embedding future-proof design thinking into project planning would lead to resilient cities being built to better counter the disruption caused by pandemics, natural disasters and climate change.
Future cities that are synergistic with human development, technological advancements and holistically integrated with evolving innovative solutions will pave the way for urban transformation globally.
How can designers collaborate with car manufacturers and technology companies to produce interesting ideas and participate in the wider design community?
Smart cities are complex ecosystems that need to be adaptable to the changing urban landscape. Designers, auto manufacturers and tech companies are a big part of that equation and can lead the conversation on defining mobility for cities to thrive. We are seeing a shift to lessen vehicular reliance and the pursuit of alternative mobility mechanisms. This is an opportunity to explore the growing transportation needs while designing decentralized transit hubs. The new wave of innovation from robotics, AI, IoT, 3D printing, VR and metaverse to data-driven city operations that will harness real-time metrics to drive decision making, will soon become an inextricable part of our planning resulting in better mass deployment.
Smart planning frameworks and industry collaboration, while also prioritizing community participation would ultimately result in a smoother transition towards a stronger and sustainable city model for tomorrow.