“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
In a world where consumerism is at an all time high and advertisements are assaulted on everyones eyes from the time you wake to the time you sleep how will the future look when everything is instant and on tap.
The growth of civilisation and the need for food are becoming out of synch and without trying to sound scary the time in which to act and get this back into equilibrium needs to start sooner than later. With more and more people moving to cities for work and prosperity the demand put on resources can create many burdens on old infrastructure that was designed for far fewer people. For example to feed a growing city food and water needs to be transported into it that causes pollution and wear on the roads.
But how can cities improve on existing infrastructure whilst coping with demand?
Now I confess I am not an expert by all means yet, but a few ideas have sparked interest in my mind over the past few months.
The following is what I believe can help.
Tesla Solar Roofs
Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Elon Musk.
The essence of what is achievable with solar technology excites me immensely. I love the idea of harnessing power from renewable energies (I wouldn’t class myself as much of a hippy as the next guy but come on this is awesome!) and the appeal of using this as a future building material that is non-invasive and visually appealing is a bonus. Although cost will be high at first (the cell phone was extortionate when that first came out) over time it will gradually come down in price and can you imagine walking past buildings in New York or London not even realising the buildings are power themselves and not relying on polluting gas burners to heat them or electricity from power plants running air conditioning units.
Aerofarm’s Vertical FarmingAerofarm’s idea of repurposing old warehouses is inspirational. Why transport vast quantities of food into a city when you can grow within. Not only does it reduce strain on transportation but fresh vegetables on your doorstep must be appealing.
Coupled within innervations on green walls (gardens build into walls) should make a huge difference in absorbing all the nasty pollution and generating much needed oxygen into the area.
So the next time you see a polluted city with trucks transporting all the food into the city, imagine what the future can hold with self sustaining cities.